International Women’s Day

8 March 2020

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977,  March 8 was proclaimed as the United Nations Day for women’s rights and world peace.

In the day to day of clinical practice, I witness continuous health related gender disparity. Although there are very few options, contraceptive choice remains a difficult decision for many women. The other major issue is access to information – patient results and reports. An important principle of naturopathic philosophy is Docere – naturopath as teacher. Explaining results and reports and empowering the patient is a fundamental driver of how I practice but obtaining copies is often difficult, despite referral letters and requests

On a broader scale, the theme of this year’s International Women’s day is #Each for Equal, drawing attention to the idea that gender inequality isn’t a women’s issue, but an economic one. You can read more about it here:

Again this year, triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed will be putting Girls To The Front for International Women’s Day, with 24 hours of amazing songs, stories and discussions from female-identifying artists, music programmers and presenters. Links here:

The attention given to women’s sport has thankfully increased and tonight Australia competes for the T20 World Cup. The final presents an opportunity to #FILLTHEMCG and set a new record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture. The current record is 90,185, set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in the USA:

Go Aussies!…and Happy International Women’s Day

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