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http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp


And South Dakota just voted to ban abortion, including in the case of rape and incest.
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And I just heard on the news that each year, in France (where abortion is in theory legal since 1975), 4000 women go aborting in foreign countries, because of how difficult it is in the facts to do it here in the time frame where it is legal.

I wouldn't want to be an unwanted child. It's hard enough with parents who did want to have you.
I certainly wouldn't want to bear a child I have not chosen.


There is still a lot of work to do about women's rights...

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ellorgast
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
I don't know what it's like in France, but this is such an under-represented day here in North America. I didn't even know about it until after I started going to university. There really is so much work to be done, and a lot of things make it feel like we're moving backward in time.
hiyami
Mar. 8th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
They talked about it on the news yesterday, that's how I found out it was today. It's usually fairly mentioned in the media, they often do special snippets, women-centered news etc.

Usually it's the day where journalists remember to make subjects on how women's rights that have been legally acquired aren't always applied, like abortion, equal wages at work, the drastic lack of women in politics at high levels over here, and also all that women suffer from in the rest of the world.

I'm not sure when I noticed this day's existence for the first time, it's fairly recent... like 5 or 8 years ago?

Over here, women's rights are staying the same or slowly improving. It's the overall social / working rights that are severely attacked for now. But it's not a good sign as it's the same political side that is also for the "traditional" values that have the woman staying in the kitchen and raising kids... :/
ellorgast
Mar. 8th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, the social climate is pretty much the same here. Things generally stay the same, with a group always lobbying for "traditional" values. But I have to say, bordering the US gets scarier all the time.

My local paper only bothers with it because the Women's Studies department in my school always holds a big event that the press often covers. Most people I know outside of my school were not even aware of a women's day.
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