Since 1977, the United Nations has commemorated March 8 as International Women’s Day. This year, the UN has made “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” as its theme.
This denotes a call for guaranteed equal rights and protection as it has been often neglected or, worse still in several places in the world, not recognized in the first place.
Aside from the day-to-day realities of human trafficking, impoverishment and forced prostitution, of which women are the primary victims, last year saw a succession of horrific assaults that illustrated the lack of security for women.
These acts of violence included an assassination attempt against Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai, who advocated for education for girls; a fatal gang rape in New Delhi against a young physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh Pandey; and sexual assaults (actually, ...