8 March 2016: International Women’s Day
We have much to celebrate and a great deal still to achieve. Yes, you and I and everyone else surely wants every human being on earth to meet their potential and live in harmony and safety. But the difficulties and dangers that girls and women face remain specifically unjust and sometimes deadly.
Let’s resolve that we will not rest until women and children everywhere are safe in their homes, workplaces and in all towns and cities; until women everywhere have true autonomy over their minds as well as bodies, and no woman anywhere is bought, sold, enslaved or trafficked; until women everywhere are truly free to choose whom they will commit to and love; until women everywhere have at least halfway adequate access to education, economic training and health services; until the work that women do is valued and paid equally to the work that men do; until women everywhere can speak up with the same freedoms men have (and make as many mistakes); until women everywhere are no longer blamed for “causing” sin, crimes or the attitudes that most harm them; until women everywhere can flee from violence and find the safety that they and their children need; until women everywhere are judged by their character and values and not their “looks”; until women everywhere have leadership roles at least equal to those of men in government, industry, cultural institutions, all peace and ecology initiatives and most especially in the religions; until women everywhere are honored adequately for their unpaid, unsung commitment to children, families of all kinds and every kind, the fragile, the elderly, to the communities that could not function without their tenacity and love; until women everywhere are no longer afraid to grow old; until women everywhere can choose what it means to them to hold their heads high and say, sing, dance and declare: “Yes, I am a woman! And yes, I am free to be the very best person I can possibly be.”
Among her many pioneering achievements, Stephanie Dowrick is particularly proud of having been the founder (with backing from Naim Attallah) and first Managing Director of The Women’s Press, an outstandingly successful, always ground-breaking women’s publishing house in London. She worked for The Women’s Press between 1977-1983 and then was for many years Chairperson.