The 8th of March was International Womens day which is marked by a public holiday in Cambodia.
Why do we still need Womens Day?
Because 70% of the world's 1.2 billion people living in poverty are women.
Because 1 in 3 women are surviviors of gender based violence.
Because 2/3 of the 110 million children not in school world wide are girls.
Because 90% of sweat shop workers are women.
Because many women around the world are still considered property of men.
Because women own only 1% of the worlds land.
Because 80% of the world's 27 million refugees are women.
Because women do two-thirds of the world's work but receive only 10% of the world's income.
Because one year out of college women earn 20% less than men and 10 years later 31% less.
Because even in the developed world gender equality is still a long way off...
(Is that Joanna Lumleys voice I hear?)
This year the theme is violence against women.
Coincidentally the next day, the 9th of March, is the 50th birthday of a persistantly youthful, fashion icon, Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows Wisconsin.
At only 11.5 inches tall you wouldn't have thought she'd ever make it on the catwalk but she has held her position as a style muse to more than 70 designers from Baby Phat to Vera Wang, Gucci to Calvin Klein, Versace to Donna Karan, Prada to Dior. According to Barbies official website Barbie has had an estimated 1 billion outfits designed for her out of 105 million yards of fabric making Mattel one of the worlds largest clothing manufacturers.
The first ever barbie commercial
And now New Zealands very own Karen Walker (who's designs have graced the bodies of Madonna, Kate Hudson, Claire Danes, Bjork, Claudia Schiffer and Cate Blanchett) has designed a range.
(picture from stuff.co.nz)
Walker remodeled some of her key looks from her new Autumn range, which debuted at New York fashion week in February, including this brown twist front dress...
... and a steel blue woollen dress....
For more of Karen Walkers Autumn range you can go to http://features.elleuk.com/fashion_week/134-5-Karen-Walker-autumn-winter-2009.html
My person favourites from the range are....