March 8 is International Women’s Day. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the celebration of Women’s Day this year: “On occasion of 2010 International Women’s Day the International Committee of the Red Cross is drawing attention to the hardship displaced women endure. The displacement of populations is one of the gravest consequences of today’s armed conflicts. It affects women in a host of ways.
“Women displaced by armed conflict – often living alone with their children – are frequently exposed to sexual violence, discrimination and intimidation. Many face poverty and social exclusion as well. International humanitarian law therefore includes specific provisions protecting women, for example when they are pregnant or as mothers of young children.”
Last year I wrote about women’s issues during Women’s Self Empowerment Week. I wrote that “any ‘celebration’ should include appreciation and gratitude” and that this particular week we should “appreciate what we have and how far we’ve come, and be grateful that so many worked hard to make it possible.” That’s something else we should do on International Women’s Day, too; but I think we should also work hard to make this good life possible for other women who are not as fortunate. Women for Women International is an organization that helps women to rebuild their lives when they’ve been displaced by war. Read more at their site to see how you can get involved in their Join me on the Bridge Campaign on March 8.