Today is one of my favourite days of the year, International Women's Day. It's a day to talk about the issues affecting women and the fight for equality.
Some things are spoken about widely. The Gender pay gap, planned parenthood and gender equality as a whole, but these are issues that mainly affect the western world and let's face it- more privileged women. While these issues are still big and relevant, we can't forget the women who don't have a voice for themselves.
What about the women who will never get the chance to work? Those who are forced into marriage as teenagers? Those who are never given the chance or right to education.
62 million grls are denied the right to education
Girls account for 74% of all new HIV infection in Africa
In Saharan Africa 1 in 36 women die during childbirth (compared to 1 in 4,900 in developed countries)
Of those women who are employed in Sub-Saharan Africa, over 80%work in dangerous jobs (compared to 10% in the developed world)
That's where ONE's Poverty is Sexist comes into it. As the campaign says; sexism is a global, the fight against it should be too. Some of the world's most influential people are calling on our world leaders to help women everywhere, not just those we see. The campaign wants to see more funding for services which protect women from HIV and malnutrition, better policies to allow women a more equal footing in the fight for economic empowerment and better data on women and girls in poverty.
At the time of writing this, over 12,000 people had put their name to the powerful and vital message this campaign is sending and I urge you to sign it to too.
International Women's Day is the perfect day to look beyond your own issues. Equality is not just a fight reserved for those who can shout about it, if you are privileged to have a voice lend it to others. We are all human at the end of the day, don't we deserve the same chance?
Don't forget to tweet about the campaign using #PovertyIsSexist