10 March 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

10 March 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate International Women’s Day with news and ideas from women all around the world.


1. We begin our IWD feature with an article from Amy McQuire @IndigenousX, about the importance of holding mainstream feminism to account for issues of racism and the ways in which feminism in Australia continues to show ‘a superficial display of inclusiveness’.


2. This is an excellent article from The Conversation, looking at IWD around the world – where it is celebrated and where it is ignored! It includes some great info on the history of IWD (if you weren’t aware, it’s important!) and the role of the United Nations in IWD through their UN Conferences on Women which were held for many years around the world (also important info).


3. Following on from this, the official United Nations 2018 theme for IWD (which you may not be aware of) is Time is Now: Rural and Women’s Activists Transforming Women’s Lives. Did you know that rural women make up over a quarter of the world population and over 43% of the women who are in the global agricultural labour force? Antonio Guteres, UN Secretary General, has said “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world”. You can check out some of the other cool UN events that were held for IWD here.


4. From Amnesty International, here are stories of eight women who stand up for women’s rights, including Wu Rongrong – one of the ‘feminist five’ in China; Wanjeri Nderu in Kenya who fights against the extra-judicial executions by Kenya police and other social justice issues; Azza Soliman in Egypt who has co-founded the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance; and many more. These are amazing stories and well worth a read!


5. Every year the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies produces an IWD poster “to acknowledge the women around the globe who continue to empower women and girls through leadership, advocacy, strength and courage”. In this post you can see the poster for this year and those for previous years too.


6. OK put your thinking caps on and get into Van Badham’s latest IWD quiz – Do women suck? Or is it the world?  I did pretty well on this one, just got Q.5 wrong – I went for ‘A large cat’! As well as being quite a bit of fun there is some very interesting information included in the questions / answers! And all the info is reference checked so it’s going to be hard for those disbelievers to challenge it when you pass this quiz on to them! Check it out!


7. Another great article from The Conversation, this time about the use of gendered pronouns and how they reinforce gender roles and the discrimination of women. Which reminds me, one of the best feminist fiction writers / books I have ever read is the lovely Marge Piercy and her book Woman on the Edge of Time – have a read for the best suggestion I have ever heard for an alternative to the gendered pronoun – the term PER!!


8. And for some light reading and entertainment celebrating women, here are our suggestions:


9. It doesn’t get more IWD-ish than this. Here are a group of amazing women from South Sudan who have started their own hair salon to help make ends meet after losing their husbands through the conflict int heir country.


10. And to leave you with, check out The Guardian’s pictures of IWD celebrations around the world.


Great to have your company this week. Hope you all had a wonderful IWD for 2018!