The Great Debate UK
Kristin Davis, star of the show and movie Sex and the City, is an Oxfam Global Ambassador. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women’s Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.
International Women’s Day is special. In China, women get the day off work. In Bosnia and Italy, women receive gifts of flowers. In Cameroon, women dance in the streets. What will you do to make March 8, a special day?
For 100 years, the world has marked International Women’s Day by celebrating women’s economic, political and social accomplishments. This March 8, we are coming together again to mark this special day by calling attention to the inequality and discrimination that is still a daily fact of life for millions of women.
There have been dramatic changes since 1911, when more than a million people around the world took to the streets to protest discrimination against women and to demand that women be allowed to get an education, have the right to work, to vote and to hold public office. But there’s a still a way to go. There isn’t a single country which can claim its women are treated equally to men, but it is across the developing world where discrimination and inequality have the most dramatic consequences.