As a report for Monday I was asked to do a piece about International Women’s Day. Although it was 4pm in the afternoon already, I was still quite confident that I could finish a nice story by the end of the day with a lot of feedback from the interviewees I would find. After David set up everything on the audio equipment(never use before, I guess my technical skills are really limited…), I headed for Adamsdown.
Soon my enthusiasim was put off. Adamsdown was so quiet although it is close to city centre. I couldn’t find any target for my interview. Finally, a young woman walked towards me, and I politely introduced myself as a journalist to her and clarified my aim. To my surprise, when asked about 8 March, she didn’t know it was International Women’s Day. I didn’t record anything because I didn’t want to scare people away with a microphone pointing at their face. I supposed perhaps it was just an exception that she didn’t know this day.
I carried on searching for women of all kinds, young working ladies, housewives, student girls and old grandmas. I tried on all of them. The result finally astonished me that no one knows about IWD which is celebrated for themselves.
A woman talking in front of St German’s Church Hall was very unfriendly to me, when she got to know I’m a journalist she almost came up to push me aside and shouted loudly”No”. I understand journalist is never an easy job. You just leave people an impression that you are going to afflict them. However, I was really a little sad being treated like this. Maybe they just don’t like me because of my foreign face.
I didn’t want to give up like this so I went to Queen Street in search of more chances to get women’s opinions. Unfortunately, even there were many more women walking in the city centre and stores, the reply to my question remained the same, either I don’t know or simply shaking their head to demonstrate their impatience. I have asked 30 women at least, no exception. Then I put my last hope on men, even worse, they “naturally” don’t know about this day.
I find the result a bit beyond of my understanding perhaps because in China, IWD is a national holiday and everybody knows it. But here I don’t see any events going on or any march or demonstration or promotion. I do believe there are still many issues about women nowadays in this male-dominant society where women are still fighting for their equal opportunities, against the violence on girls and women and other things like this. I just personally think this day shouldn’t be ignored. As a woman, you should know, 8 March, it is a day for us, it is a day to mark all the improvement of women’s situation all over the world.
By Shanshan Ren