International Women’s Day: #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist

This year, for International Women’s Day, we’re supporting The Circle’s #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist campaign.

Do you subscribe to The Circle? It’s a brilliant membership organisation founded by Annie Lennox that’s working to achieve equality for women and girls all across the world. The newsletters are well worth a read and sent free to non-members.

Our focus at BICBIM may be food and fashion but don’t let that pull the pretty wool over your eyes – every brand we advocate is doing a lot to create a fairer world. The primary requirements for working with us are a genuine commitment to people, animals and the planet.

And with food and fashion being global commodities, global feminism is at the heart of that.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

All of us our lucky to have multiple platforms for our voices, so we’re using ours to speak in solidarity with disempowered women who don’t.

The ask is pretty simple:

  1. Choose a statistic outlining the prevalence of gender inequality across the world
  2.  Write it on a piece of paper
  3. Share it on your social media with #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist
  4. Tag @TheCircleNGO, @AnnieLennox (Twitter) @OfficialAnnieLennox (Instagram) and @BICBIM.

Here are 10 of the stats The Circle researched to get you inspired, but please also share your own – and look out for our posts.

  1. Women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation, with more than half (50.4%) of working women in vulnerable employment.
  2. Globally women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60-75% of men’s wages.
  3. At least one in three women around the world have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in their lifetime.
  4. It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
  5. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.
  6. 71% of human trafficking victims are women and girls.
  7. Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. In most of these countries, the majority of girls were cut before the age of 5. In some countries, this happens to up to 98% of girls.
  8. Between 1.5 million and 3 million girls and women die each year because of gender-based violence.
  9. 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with women dying of pregnancy-related causes at the rate of one a minute.
  10. Two thirds of the 780 million people in the world who cannot read are women.

For more information, go to thecircle.ngo/one-reason-im-global-feminist

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