2012 International Women’s Day

By Alex Forkin

Please, please, put away your streamers and blow horns. It’s too early for that. You should at least let your co-workers and friends have some caffeine in their system before you begin screaming from the top of your lungs.  Wait….you don’t know what I’m talking about? You don’t have a cake decorated with a plethora of different country’s flags waiting in your office’s break room refrigerator to share with your co-workers later today?

It’s okay…I don’t either.

However, today IS a day worth at least mentioning to some and celebrating in your own little way. For me, I’m writing this blog post and sending E-cards to the women I know who are making a difference in the world. See, that’s not too hard, is it?

In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8th as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Last year was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and in honor of this incredible event, the International Committee of the Red Cross called states and other countries not to relent in their efforts to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence that harm the lives and dignity of countless women in conflict zones around the world. The UN’s theme for International Women’s Day this year is to empower women and end hunger and poverty.

Poverty and hunger are what many women and children experience before they enter into sexualized industries as well as highly dangerous trafficking communities. In attempts to make their bellies full and provide for their families, women around the world are being promised an opportunity to do that, but instead are being held hostage and working for the provision and for the benefit of their captors. It’s these women, who sought the protection and benevolence of those they love, who are in turn, made into slaves.

The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition exists to end this slavery and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women, and men. We do this through active engagement in community collaboration and education, understanding how to identify victims, exposing traffickers and users, promoting slave-free practices, and supporting survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness.

“Journey towards wholeness”

That sounds nice doesn’t it?

Wholeness.

Completeness.

 Entirety.

Today, lets jumpstart this journey towards “wholeness” for victims by recognizing those who are not experiencing it and celebrating the women around the world whose lives are dedicated to providing it.

Advertisements

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: