International Women’s Day
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Tomorrow, March 8, the whole world will celebrate the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. Over that period, the world has certainly changed and the equal rights of women have progressed. Tomorrow gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant for further sustainable change.
In some countries, such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, it is a national holiday. It is also tradition in many regions in Europe for men to offer flowers to their wives, daughters and mothers to mark the occasion. Here in the Philippines, it is hardly celebrated.
However, if we Filipinos may lack in the celebration of International Women’s Day, we make up it for in the way we treat our women. Our men may like to think they run the country, but in our matriarchal society that has given Filipino women the respect and the opportunities that they rightly deserve, the women are as undoubtedly as powerful as the men. This is evidenced by our country consistently leading Asia and the Pacific in the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum, ranking an impressive 8th out of 135 countries for 2012.
In that WEF report, the Philippines is the only Asian country in 2012 to have closed the gender gap in both education and health. We also landed in the top 10 in the following indicators: legislators, senior officials and managers, literacy rate, enrolment in secondary education and years with female head of state.
Let us prepare to join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day by taking the time to be extra nice to mothers, wives, daughters, aunts and nieces tomorrow, as well as continuing to give our Filipino women the opportunities and respect that they deserve.*