I missed Internaional Women’s Day.
I mean, I’m not super pressed about it, but it would have been cool to go to some of the celebrations in Cotonou. And there were a lot. Did you know that 74% of Beninese women are illiterate? And the enfant mortality rate is almost 1 in 10 (93 out of 1000, actually)? And that the AIDS rate is at 3.6% and rising?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget these basic facts in my comfortable city apartment. And I face overwhelming poverty every day. I bet it’s even easier to forget in comfortable American homes. I’d forget too. But sometimes it bears remembering.
Happy belated International Women’s Day.