March 8th, 2012


Why Do We Need International Women's Day?

Here's a photo of what happened to a female protestor in Egypt who dared to stand up for equal rights for women just last December.

And here's a picture of Gulnaz, a woman who was raped in Afghanistan. When she reported it, she was subsequently sentenced to twelve years in prison for "sex outside of marriage." Her one recourse to get out of prison? To marry her rapist.

And this is Mukhtar Mai, who was gang-raped on the orders of a council of tribal elders from her village of Meerwala, Pakistan, because her brother was seen in public with a girl from a rival tribe.

This is Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who accused her fellow U.S. Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean of raping and impregnating her. While a stubborn, disbelieving military dragged its feet in investigating, Lauterbach disappeared. Shortly afterward, the burned remains of her and her unborn child were found in a fire pit in Laurean's backyard.

There are thousands of women just like these all over the world with their own stories to tell. So the next time someone asks you why we need International Women's Day because sexism, misogyny, and institutionalized violence against women are things of the past, feel free to send them over here to see for themselves just how mistaken they are.