Happy International Women’s Day

Looking back on the path that women had taken, every step is truly challenging. From the past generation where women’s voting rights were denied until today, the 21st century, women’s finance, status quo, power of speech, and many aspects have finally increased significantly. However, while women’s rights seem to have risen a lot, there’s still a long way to go before we can truly achieve gender equality.

International Women’s Day is sprouted from the soil of European labour movements. Hundreds of years ago, women appealed against social discrimination and unfairness towards their gender. There were countless protests and rallies, all to raise public awareness on gender equality and equal rights.

If not for these groups of women from hundreds of years ago, the establishment and progression of gender equality might be delayed indefinitely.

Voicing for women’s rights is not only about women, it is also about collective human rights. The rights of a human being are gender-neutral, everyone should be treated equally to another.

Hundreds of years later, there are still many women who are denied reproductive rights and marriage rights, not to mention not getting equal pay for equal work. In some countries, women’s right to life is not even guaranteed. This shows that the road to gender equality is still far from over, it still requires our endorsement and persistence, regardless of men or women.

We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to all who have been pacing step by step on the road of gender equality. It’s because of you, women who never gives up, that this era of equal rights can occur and keeps on progressing. To every woman, all the best and have a happy International Women’s Day.

 

女性所走过的路,每一个步伐实在不容易,从过去连投票权利都被剥削的时代,走到今天女性在各方各面,包括经济与社会话语权都相对提高的21世纪,女性权益看似提升了许多,但距离性别平权,仍有一段相当长的道路。

国际妇女节是从欧洲劳工运动的土壤里长出来,百年前女性的诉求是基于社会对女性的歧视和不公平,游行抗议是为了提高公众的性别平等、平权意识。

如果没有百年前的这一批女性,性别平等的起步与推动相对会较晚。

而提倡女性权利,主旨不只关乎女性主义,更是人权,生而为人的权利,不分性别,人人平等的待遇。

百余年过去,世界上女人仍然没有生育自由、没有婚姻自由、依然不能同工同酬,在一些国家,女性的生命权也无法得到保障,由此可见,性别平等这一道路依然漫长,依然需要来自各界女性的推动与坚持。

感谢百年前那一场欧洲劳动女性起义,因为有这一群勇敢的女性,平权主义才会传遍全球,现代女性才更有意识以及组织地去争取属于自己权益保障,才会有比较自由的空间去挥洒生命的光彩!

女性可以坚强,也可以柔软,谢谢你们带个给整个社会无限的爱与温暖,启发更多年轻女性关注自身在社会与家庭生活中平等的权利;把女性在经济、社会领域优秀的女性事迹和温暖的力量传递给更多的年轻女性,让她们从榜样的身上找到前进的动力,赢得更美好人生的能量。

衷心感谢每一位在平权道路上一步一脚印走过来,从不放弃的女性们,因为有你们,推动了整个平权时代的进步,祝福各位女性,国际妇女节快乐!