Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I was lucky enough to attend a breakfast hosted by UN Women and hear some fantastic speeches. One particular standout was that of Nasima Rahmani, an Afghani lawyer who currently works as the manager of the Women’s Rights program with ActionAid Afghanistan. She described the plight of women in her home country, women who have been raped and then cast out of their families as a result of this. Rather than recount her whole story, I would encourage you to read or listen to her interview with Damien Carrick on the Law Report where she repeats much of the same story. It made me realise once again how lucky we are to be living in a country where women do have the right to claim control over their own bodies, and they do have the right to seek justice when those basic rights are violated.
Happy International Women’s Day.
P.S. – If you are inspired to become involved in any social justice work in the area of women’s rights, UN Women is a good place to start.