Political will and gender equality

Katrina Barker
March 10, 2018

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day 2018 and InvestorPlace is celebrating.

International Women's Day has been around for 106 years, but this year might be it's strongest ever in promoting-with the goal of attaining-female equality, in part because of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that started here in the US.

Elsewhere in the world, The Institute of Designers in Ireland, the country's largest design association, is launching the new initiative "Why Design" in conjunction with International Women's Day, to raise awareness about the gender gap among Ireland's design professionals. German President Clara Zetkin proposed and the assembling body agreed that the International Women's Day as a day to remember women who had struggled all over the world since 1857. The day was soon embraced by socialists throughout the world and recognized by many communist countries, including the Soviet Union in 1917.

International Women's Day has been observed in some form for more than a century.

Speaking at the forum on the Theme, "Press for Progress" Madam Akufo-Addo also acknowledged some individuals who had positively impacted the lives of children in their communities. When women are empowered, communities and entire nations thrive.

Women continue to be targeted by ruthless in criminals, a case in point being Uganda where 24 women have been kidnapped, raped and murdered in cold blood over the past six months.

"What I also LOVE is supporting other women to make their dreams come true regardless of their choices". And that pay gap, where women earn $73 for every $100 a man earns today would be almost wiped away. We need to stop this business of isolating women-related issues and making them the concern of mainly women activists and women themselves.

While the theme this year is progress, women should not forget last year's #BeBoldforChange theme.

In line with the global theme for this year's celebration, "press for progress", the NSE symposium was created to motivate and unite everyone to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Linda Aiello, senior vice president of global employee success at Salesforce, suggests: "I believe we can all step up and play our part in helping increase the number of women in the tech industry through simple actions, like attending our former school's career days, or talking to the young women in our lives about what a career in tech can offer".

Feminist groups in Spain are leading a "domestic strike" in which women aren't spending any money and avoiding all household cores for the day.

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