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International Women's Day 2014: Esther Rantzen – 'Many are still deprived of that crucial gift – education'
Date of publication: 09/03/2014
 Esther Rantzen CBE has made pioneering programmes on subjects including British women’s experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse. In 1986, she founded ChildLine, a charity that she chaired for 20 years. She is currently creating a new helpline for older people, The Silver Line Helpline.

Appreciating the freedom and opportunities that women in Britain have and challenging the fact that so many women in so many other countries round the world are still deprived of that most crucial gift of all – education. Of course, there are many barriers still to break down in Britain, but we at least recognise that women have the right to ask questions about why we don’t have equal pay and why we’re not represented in Parliament or the boardroom in sufficient numbers. But look at what the Taliban, for example, are doing to women who want to educate girls.

Can a single day really help empower women?

I think it’s always worthwhile to have a moment to focus. Events such as the floods in Britain, fires in Australia and turmoil in Ukraine crowd us day after day, especially with 24-hour news bulletins, so it’s good to have a moment to reflect where women are at today.

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What do you think about this year’s theme of Inspiring Change?

This morning, I was listening to an Orthodox Jewish woman talking about why she allows women like herself to experience ingrained prejudice. She’s a feminist and she was trying to understand how she can tolerate it. She shouldn’t tolerate it. Inspiring change could not be more important to help women like her to achieve this.


source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/international-womens-day-2014-many-are-still-deprived-of-that-crucial-gift--education-says-esther-rantzen-9178479.html 





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