The month of March is Womyn’s History Month; the term womyn is used in feminist literature as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequence m-e-n.
This is a month for everyone to come together and recognize the progress women have made in the world – and to see the progress that still needs to be made.
There are marches around the world in support of International Women’s Day – that is, if women are allowed to congregate and voice what they believe in.
Los Angeles will host a march from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, beginning at the Downtown Federal Building, to fight the inequalities women face globally.
Each year, the organization International Women’s Day has a different theme that recognizes their goals and agenda for that year, the 2019 theme is “better the balance, better the world #Balanceforbetter.”
#Balanceforbetter takes on the pressing issue of the gender inequality present different organizations all around the world, from the government to the household.
The emphasis on its international character is important; the march in Los Angeles not only stands up for the plight of women here, but also for women in other countries that subject them to male guardianship and prohibit them from protesting against their governments.
According to Global Citizen, women in Yemen have the biggest gender gap in wages, literacy, and freedom from their male guardian. These women are not allowed to receive healthcare without a man’s consent or ask for a divorce.
It is estimated that 2 million women in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been raped predominantly by soldiers and militants and these incidents are hardly ever reported, according to Global Citizen.
#Balanceforbetter is where the change starts, but it can only progress if everyone finds a way to balance the classrooms, workplace and home.
This march is for every type of woman there is, so make some posters and join in the fight for balance throughout the world, starting at home.