At Bennet and Rey, on 8th March we celebrate “Women’s Day”.
On this day we want to congratulate all women – women whose gender encompasses many roles: employees, business-women, generators of wealth, of income, and of employment, leaders, and in their turn carers/caregivers, companions, mothers, wives, lovers, daughters, granddaughters …
We notice that the idea of thinking, taking action, organising from the point of view of a woman is constantly being implanted more firmly in the texture of society, and we can congratulate ourselves.
But we are also conscious that there still a long way to go in this respect in order to reach a genuine equality. The organisation United Nations Women warns that “Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities between men and women.” And in 2020 it pointed out :”… despite some progress, no country has achieved true, full gender equality.”
‘Equality’ for us does not mean in any way exclusion of the masculine. We talk of an equality in which there is no discrimination for anybody because of their sex; it is an inclusive equality in which “YOU” – independent of your sex – give to society what you choose to, and are valued and rewarded for it.
This year we pay tribute to the women who are working – whether it is in the home or in a job – in order to have an income. This is an important factor or perhaps the most important for achieving economic independence, which then permits each and every individual to have visibility as a person and the freedom to exercise her or his rights.
The situation of women in many parts of the world is worrying, converting them into a kind of subspecies whose rights, simply for the fact of being women, are reduced. This begins with education – a fundamental element, which too many women on this planet do not properly receive – with disadvantageous consequences.
Today we claim what is stated in the second article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Every person is entitled to the rights and freedoms proclaimed in this declaration without any distinction made because of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political opinion, or any other factor – national origin, social position, economic status, birth or any other condition.”
We remember too Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution, which states, in similar terms: “Spaniards are equal before the law and may not in any way be discriminated against on account of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social condition or circumstance.”
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HAVE A VERY GOOD DAY!