Happy International Women’s Day!
“Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time. […] Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
In the throes of celebration, we must not neglect our duties to advance women’s rights. The above quote, though reflective of the gender gap in education, can also be applied to the present age in which a digital gender gap has developed. In fact, a significant score of women around the world are digitally impoverished. The United Nations’ observance of International Women’s Day specifically targets this phenomenon.
Furthermore, given the recent probes into human trafficking and its ties with corruption, we would also like to point out that women are especially vulnerable to violence stemming from corruption. The chilling accounts of sexual, physical and emotional abuse suffered confirm that women are still not granted the freedoms or justice that they deserve.
Take a look at the United Nation’s page for deeper insight: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day
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