International Women’s Day is coming up, and it’s a celebration of all that women have achieved – and a reminder of what the world still has to do.
For those who are wondering why it is essential that we have this day, here are a few reminders;
The #MeToo movement was created by Tarana Burke and gained momentum in 2017. The movement detailed widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment -in particular in the workplace - following sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
That means women work “for free” for the first two months of the year.
4. Child brides
Child brides remains a huge global issue. According to charity Girls Not Brides, one in five girls – that’s 12 million - in the world are said to be married before the age of 18.
Over 650 million women alive today were married as children, with particular problems in Niger, Central African Republic, Chad and Bangladesh – where such things happen more often than anywhere else in the world.
Picture: Girls Not Brides grab
5. Rahaf Mohammed
The Saudi teenager who was given asylum in Canada after fleeing her family, Rahaf Mohammed shocked the world with her daring escape from the country. The 18-year-old made headlines after she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel room while pleading with people on Twitter to help her avoid deportation.
Her case outlines the many of women controlled by their families- especially the men in their families – and the fact that lots of these cases go unreported.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Star, she said women in her country are “treated like slaves.”
It's something that is worth the risk I took. I had nothing to lose.
We are treated as an object, like a slave. I wanted to tell people my story and about what happens to Saudi women.
6. There is an app that allows men to track women's movements in Saudi Arabia