Male leaders bungle International Women’s Day
It’s International Women’s Day (hear that ladies? we get a day!), and the United Nations has chosen gender parity as this year’s theme. The international body wants to speed up progress towards reaching goals such as ending discrimination and violence against women and providing equal access to education.
“International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities,” reads a U.N. release.
It’s also a time for male leaders to make awkward comments about women, and this year was no exception!
Russia’s Vladimir Putin said women “possess a mysterious power.…yet remain tender, unforgettable and full of charm.” Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “a woman is above all a mother,” and Cambodia’s Hun Sen demanded the creation of an organization for men’s rights.