Celebrate the progress made towards gender equality

Randall Padilla
March 8, 2018

However, we will not lose focus on the huge amount there is still to do to ensure that women aren't discriminated against due to their gender. This has changed only marginally since 1996, when the figures were 52% and 80%.

More than 60 women, men and children of all ages participated in last year's event. Too many women are still locked out of the corridors of our parliament and the chambers of our boardrooms. Another big achievement in recent years was the passing of legislation to protect women and girls from domestic violence.

So basically the idea is not to give gender equality to the women when International Women's Day is around apart it says to place women on the same podium where men are standing as women are equally capable just the way men are.

Meanwhile, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo would host an event in Accra to mark the International Women's Day under the Theme: "Press for Progress"; and it would be attended by some individuals, various women groups and some former first ladies.

Fr Luke also speaks about his experience serving as a deacon in the federal women's prison near Oakland in California, an all-female Catholic facility.

IWD has been observed since the 1900s although it wasn't always celebrated on March 8. Women's participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous.

In the past, the day has also been used to launch initiatives aimed at tackling gender inequality and violence against women.

What is International Women's Day?

The challenge remains that the negative rhetoric is the very fabric that creates the glass ceiling for women's progress. "Today, NSE has 23 percent female representation on the National Council as opposed to the zero representation in 2016", Orojimi added. The theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress.

Asked about what could have led to the many events and if there is a correlation with global movements such as #Metoo, Hosein said it was hard to say, as there could be many different factors such as a generational change or even the strength of the United Nations theme. We brought together more than 5,000 women, girls, and allies in Washington, D.C. - and countless more online - to share solutions to the problems we still face.

I am working to make sure we also walk the talk when it comes to women in the health workforce.

For a full list of events in your local area, check out the official International Women's Day website.

What colours signify International Women's Day?

She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day.

The 2018 theme is "Time is Now: Rural and Women's Activists Transforming Women's Lives".

"When 13 men a day in the United Kingdom are dying from suicide, it is essential that everyone in positions of power, trust and influence does everything they can to help men talk about the issues that affect them", says Glenn Poole, the United Kingdom coordinator of International Men's Day.

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