Why is it that we need a day like this? Some quotes, thoughts and links.

Germaine Greer said: “All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women”

International Men’s Day is … not marked on the calendar because every day of every year is already Men’s Day. Katie Grant, Independent

Here’s some facts:

Globally, about one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetime.

Over 130 million women living in the world today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation.

Around 14 million girls, some as young as eight years old, will be married in 2014.

Women perform 66 per cent of the world’s work and produce 50 per cent of its food, but earn only 10 per cent of its income and own one per cent of its property.

Globally only a 24 per cent of senior management roles are now filled by women. And in Australia, the 2012 Census (PDF) reveals that 12.3% of directors of ASX 200 companies are women.

ABS figures show that, in 2013, women working full-time earn, on average, 17.5 per cent less than men working full-time (ABC, The Drum)

We need International Women’s Day to remind ourselves that hundreds of millions of boys and girls are growing up in a world where violence against women is acceptable, female subjugation the norm. (Independent, Katie Grant)

International Women’s Day, standing up for women’s rights, the Feminist movement: they are absolutely not about hating or excluding men. They are about loving women. Women’s rights is not just a women’s issue: it’s very much a men’s issue. The burden for change is so often placed on the woman but we need men to stand up and fight for their sisters, mothers, wives, lovers, friends, to challenge current definitions of masculinity. (Katie Grant, Independent)

These statistics are a stark reminder that women do not and have not achieved EQUALITY with men.

When the current Australian Government only has ONE woman in cabinet, what message does this send? When the current Prime Minister has assigned himself the portfolio of Office for Women subsumed into the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, what message does this send?

Call me cynical, but I can’t help but feel all this is lip service. As quoted above, the burden for change has been on women but men also need to step up to the plate and challenge the status quo.

What do you think?