International Women’s Day 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen! Today is a pretty awesome day for all the sexes. Today is a day where we appreciate women, where we strive for equality, talk feminism, and basically tell the world why ladies are kick ass and why our issues matter. Each IWD has a different focus and this years is to focus on the Planet 50-50 by 2030 which is a United Nations backed scheme to help see women gain better equality and prospects by the Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development comes around in 2030.

56c4be02e74370e73f0f7876e318fa63As you’ve probably seen a lot of the British (and worldwide) press and media organisations are really taking to the subject of today and Twitter and other social networks are all aflutter with you lovely people joining in. We’re seeing the Guardian have a live blog and asking people ‘What does equality mean to you?’ The Independent have a pretty cool 10 ways you can make a difference article that takes into account the likes of donating to rape charities and looking at everyday chores in the household and see who does them most. I really like Google’s doodle for the day and the hashtag they’ve created #OneDayIWill It really gets us involved and they’ve also got some videos of women from all over the world doing things we might not necessarily see as feminine just drilling in what International really means!

We at Well Did You Evah thought we’d try something a bit different. We could talk about equality and feminism till the cows come home. I could tell you how it’s going to take about 118 years for the gender pay gap to become level or how women in some countries still don’t have their basic rights and needs met. I could tell you about how in this country a lot of careers still have a large ratio of male to women staff and don’t get me started on the top jobs.

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The ratio of women in political power compared to men

After seeing what others have been writing about today we thought we’d stick with actual women who have made a difference, are making a difference or are just so cool we’re proud to have them be the same sex as us. We’re going to pick figures from history, actresses, writers and artists and most definitely throw a few in their who you may not have thought of but we think deserve to be in the mix. This in no way means no one else should be on our list, we’re just picking the ones we shortlisted because to begin with we could have created an entire month.

 

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This will give us a few days worth of posts so, drum roll please, we’d like to introduce you to Well Did You Evah’s Ladies week!

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

You don’t have to be a woman to support this. International 1in3

It is said to be that 1 in 3 girls or women will experience some kind of violence in their life, now that’s the same statistic of experiencing mental health issues or developing cancer and that effects both genders. It’s not that they witness it, women are subjected to it, either trafficking, domestic violence, physically, emotionally, economically or sexually and that just doesn’t mean rape. 70% of women have experienced some kind of violence from their intimate partner, so it should be someone they trust who does this hurt, that won’t just hurt them physically, it will also slowly eat away at them emotionally as well, it can effect their whole health, they may just be physically abused but the thought processes which will go off behind each assault will effect them in other ways. Violence against women is a human rights violation.

It’s known that some countries to other countries treat their women unfairly, but as this is a United Nations International Day it admits it’s a world wide issue, ok it probably won’t be wiped out entirely probably anytime soon, the root of the cause of violence against women is said to be from the persistent discrimination against females, but at least with things such as this enough awareness out there to help it slowly diminish.

Because some of these facts are sickening-

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40 to 70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. According to World Bank data

In Colombia, one woman is reportedly killed by her partner or former partner every six days.

A 2004 study in the United Kingdom estimated the total direct and indirect costs of domestic violence, including pain and suffering, to be £23 billion per year or £440 per person

Every 9 minutes a woman is raped in Britain and up to 3 million women in the UK experience violence each year.

During the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped.

One in three girls are ‘groped’ at school and sexual harassment is routine.

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This year, there is a theme to spread awareness.

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“Orange the world in 16 days.” Is the theme -stating the 16 days of activism against Gender violence ending on Human Rights day, where people are invited to wear orange to spread awareness and show support for this cause.

Raising awareness against female violence will not just give the message to people that it is wrong but it will also help those who are experiencing the violence help and support, hopefully give them the courage to get out- with their children if they have any, to get out as there are many shelters which can help or even just groups or seeing a councillors which are free and available for those women who have experienced violence such as sexual abuse.

If you or you know a woman who is experiencing any form of violence, there is support out there and you are not alone.

Twitter# for this event- #orangeurworld

Links-

http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women

Early-ish night ramblings of a girl too excited to sleep AKA We just won Hockey.

Right so I’ve been watching the England women play hockey against the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships (EHC) which is held in Boom, Belgium.

If you were planning on watching the replay over on the BBC STOP READING NOW… Or just carry on. It’s very exciting.

England were up 1-0 after a own goal (yay!) then Eva de Goede scored a superb goal to equalise (I would boo but it was a pretty awesome goal).

The second half saw Sally Walton stretchered off from a very serious, nasty looking foot/ankle injury. She received gas and air and even through TV speakers you could hear her moan in pain. Watching the replay of her fall over from side stepping made everyone watching wince.

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Photo courtesy of Getty images/ BBC

The 70 minutes ended at 1-1… So we went to penalties. England and penalties don’t usually mix but the last time we went to penalty shuttles (that’s hockey speak for penalty shot/strike) against the Dutch in 1991 we won. Alex Danson and Helen Richardson scored for us! But the Dutch equalized leaving it 2-2 out of 5. Sudden Death time *dun dun dunnn* All I really need to say is that the Dutch missed and Danson scored. TAKING US THROUGH TO SATURDAY’S FINAL!! Yes we beat the Euro and Olympic champions to get through to the final… ON PENALTIES. Take that football! I screamed a lot but it was very necessary.

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I digress slightly. The hero of this match was the superb England goal keeper Maddie Hinch. She’s like Supergirl on the pitch but in protective clothing. Watch a replay. She’s very quick and agile. A force to be reckoned with, I’m just glad she’s on our side.

So on Saturday at 3pm I will be watching the Gold medal match against Germany because, lets face it, it’ll be a great match. Until then my thoughts are with Sally Walton in hoping her injury looked and sounded worse than it was and with our girls for playing brilliantly!

For more information on Hockey or playing in your area visit http://www.englandhockey.co.uk and to watch the games live http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/hockey