International Women’s Day: Women as Peacemakers. Just One Day?


 By having a ‘Day’ do we not run the risk of trivializing these concerns, given that the marketing world has made all days a ‘Something Day’ – Ice-Cream Day, National Pizza Day, Pogo-Stick Day?

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. To coincide with the centennial of World War One this year, the theme is “Women as Peacemakers” According to Wikipedia, historically the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. It is also an opportunity to illustrate many double-standards that exist regarding employment and pay, as well as zeroing-in on violence against women.

IWDIt is sad that we have to have a ‘Day” to bring these issues to light, but we do have to make them known because evidently the message isn’t getting through.

My only concern is that shouldn’t every day be one in which these topics are  front and center? By having a ‘Day’ do we not run the risk of trivializing these concerns, given that the marketing world has made all days a ‘Something Day’ – Ice-Cream Day, National Pizza Day, Pogo-Stick Day?

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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