Women, they are all in one. Mother, friend, sister, lover, wife, daughter no matter what age, they come into this world with the talent to combine different things at the same time. Multitasking, as in take care, achieve, struggle, absorb, love, settle and so much more is part of a woman’s being. Tomorrow all this is in the spotlight: congratulations to all women out there, you are amazing as you are.
‘This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.” The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve. Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership. From the Liberian women’s sex strike paving the way for peace to the Icelandic “Women’s Day Off” demanding economic equality to the global impact of the #MeToo movement, history has taught us that change can happen through collective activism.’ ~ United Nations.
Let’s take this back to our island and see how far we get with gender equality. We have a female prime minister, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes and we have a growing number of women in higher positions. Those are positive developments, but what about the women in the lower wage jobs which are more likely to be subject to wage discrimination. They are more likely to bring home far less than their male counterparts with equal job status, and get far less help with housework from their husbands than the high-earning women, states a Wikipedia research. Outside of the work field, domestic violence against women is still an issue and in the workplace, unwanted behavior is present. Great news is that more companies are taking responsibility in this part by providing the new Report App. The Report App handles all forms of unwanted behavior in the workplace, from the so-called grey area, facts and figures up until everything you need to know about behavior in the workplace. It is absolute a tool to make women feel more safe and secure when experiencing sexual harassment or bullying. The Report App is not only for women by the way, but for all employees. Looking at the school achievements we notice a situation where the number of boys that become ‘drop-outs’ is greater than the number of girls. In Latin America and the Caribbean there are more girls that finish primary and high school. Most of the times, girls are taught from a really young age that they should be respectful, flexible and well behaved while boys don’t get the same push to have a good behavior. This information is provided by Unesco.
From our island, we go to our company where amazing, strong, hard-working women do their thing day- in and day-out to have two fresh newspapers on the table in the end. Have a look at this picture where the ‘women of Bon Dia Aruba and Aruba Today’ salute you and wish all the women out there a wonderful International Women’s Day.