Daniel Craig & Judi Dench Team Up for International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day (IWD), a “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future”.  It is an important event as gender inequality remains an issue in many countries today.

Even in developed countries, men still tend to be paid higher for the same work. In Australia, for example, women on average earn about 17 per cent less than men. Even more alarming, women perform 66 percent of the work and produce 50 percent of the food, yet they only earn 10 percent of the world income.

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To commemorate International Women’s Day, EQUALS, a coalition of charities and organisations brought together by Annie Lennox to step up the call for equality between men and women, has commissioned a video featuring some familiar faces.

In the two-minute video, Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The video also features the voice of Judi Dench, who reprises her role as ‘M’.  Although the video first shows Craig wearing a suit, the video ends with him appearing in a blonde wig, a dress and women’s shoes after ‘M’ asks him: “For someone with such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it means to be one?”

The purpose of the video is to highlight the many facets of gender inequality. As the video points out, men are still paid higher than women on average, are more likely to hold political or business power, and have better access to education.

Clearly, we still have a long way to go with this issue. Hopefully events such as the International Women’s Day will put the issue at the forefront and will help us get one step closer towards gender equality.

To learn more about gender equality:

- Learn more about IWD through its official website
- Visit WeAreEquals.org
- Go to SFU Women’s Centre for additional resources or to get involved

This year’s event is extra special as it  has been100 years since the first International Women’s Day event was run. For the latest updates, you can also follow International Women’s Day on Facebook and Twitter.

By Kelvin Claveria

Photo credit: InternationalWomensDay.com