A century ago in Copenhagen, women from seventeen countries gathered together and launched an idea that a day must be allocated to champion women’s rights. After 100 years, the women are marching and celebrating at the same time protesting at the Trafalgar Square in celebration of International Women’s Day.
This year, the theme was: “The progress women have made in the past century and the long journey that many have ahead of them.” The latest statistics show that women in the UK and all over the world had several undoubted gains in the past century, the rights in favor for women were now installed or those that need to be reviewed were reversed.
Of the total MPs in Britain, women accounts for 19.5% only, a poor record that puts the UK in the 69th place in the world ranking in terms of the women’s number in the parliament. UK’s standing is behind Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. Well, a century ago, women do not have the right to vote and now they can. According to a report, it will take about 200 years to have an equal number of women and men in the Parliament.
In terms of the implementation of the laws, women have less say compared in Westminster. In 2008-2009, women who are applying for the counsel of the Queen were the lowest in a decade. In fact, in the UK Supreme Court, there is only one woman judge and constitutes only 15 female judges out of the 109 judges in the High Court.
With the information, the picture has not gotten better especially for those on the other side of the legal system. About two-thirds of prisoned women are put behind bars because of non-violent crimes while only 45% for men. Since 1997, the population of prisoned women soared high, it has increased by 60% compared to the 28% for men.
However, the freedom attained by women in the UK clearly manifests that it must be celebrated and some women will soon benefit from it. The lot of women over a century has changed dramatically but there are still pressing issues like forced marriages, equality of ambition and education and many more.
Along with the problems about women’s rights, there is an increasing number of violence in women. About three million women are raped, experienced domestic violence, trafficking and other types of violence each year. Also, 20% of the entire population in the UK believed that it is acceptable for a man to slap or hit a woman if she wears revealing clothes publicly.
Finally, women’s rights in the UK have improved because systematically, almost everything is improving for the well-being of women.