Online the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started a movement called #NotThere drawing attention to the fact that despite great strides made since 1909 in women’s liberation, we are not there yet in terms of gender equality. Many celebrities sent out the hashtag and/or changed their avatars in solidarity to a blank female silhouette.
However the facts remain that women still face much danger today. Half of all women in Canada will experience one incident of domestic abuse before they are 16 and on average every 6 days a woman in Canada is killed by an intimate partner (noted by Canadian Women’s Foundation).
Also since 1980, approximately 1,200 aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada. The seriousness has even gotten to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women who have called Canada out for violating the rights of aboriginal women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence.
We have much work to do but its through important days such as March 8th that we draw attention to the issue of women’s rights.