Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Happy International Women's Day

Today is International Women's day.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Canada's ratification of the most comprehensive international treaty on women's rights, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Thank goodness - apparently us girls still need a lot of help: last weekend in the Globe and Mail, an article described how smart yourng girls pretend to be dumb at school in order to fit in better socially. This is so wrong. Canada could probably also do better when it comed to violence against women, women living in poverty, aboriginal women, disabled women, and single mothers.

And what about oppression and barriers in other parts of the world?

I'm proud to be an active member of WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) - the largest female organization in the world. WAGGS continues to support and encourage young women around the globe, and to celebrate their achievements.

We obviously need this.


Jordan said...

We saw the article in the Globe... it rang somewhat true. I was in "one of those programs" and it was mostly boys, in the early grades at least.

Happy Owl said...

Interesting - were there more girls in the higher age groups?

Obviously there are lots of boys that benefit from these programs as well and deserve to be in them. The question is why thay are (apparently) more comfortable with their intellect, I guess.