Postscript to International Women's Day


By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: March 10, 2016
News Source: Independent

"Planet 50-50 by 2030" – this year's theme of the International Women's Day just passed. The United Nations, through the UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – wanted to highlight women's empowerment as the central point of its agenda for sustainable development, which it hopes to achieve with the cooperation of governments around the world by 2030.





The International Women's Day is an annual event held on March 8, and was first set up by socialists way back in 1911 as a means to celebrate women's contribution as well as to advance the cause of women's right to vote.

“International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.” (UN.org)

The first international event for women – first organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911, according to Independent, was celebrated by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, with hundreds of demonstrations across the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The event has since then been observed in many countries, and marked with different goals to achieve.
Through the years, women have made tremendous strides, such as access to education and equal rights to employment, yet these are also areas still denied to many women in developing countries, including being denied other rights which are freely enjoyed by women in more advanced countries.

In developed countries, as in the U.S, problems still exists, such as gender pay inequality, “glass ceilings” and according to another article by Independent, health is also one of women's biggest issues, worldwide.

What is also disturbing is the continuing abuse many women, ranging from young to old, suffer.
“An estimated 120 million girls and women under the age of 20 have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts - around 10 per cent.”

Hence, International Women's Day is as relevant as ever in order to create more awareness on the persistent challenges and sufferings of women, as well as to constantly draw inspiration from the achievements of women leaders, from the past till the present.

As to this year's theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030,” the goals are aligned to the 2030 Social Agenda for Sustainable Development - focusing on “how how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed SDGs, as well as how women and girls can — and will — be key to achieving each of these goals” (- as stated on UN.Women.org )

Here are some of the 17 SDGs:
a. the eradication of poverty
b. zero hunger
c. good health and well-being
d. quality education
e. gender equality
f. clean water and sanitation
g. affordable and clean energy

The achievement of these goals, ambitious though they may be, requires everyone's cooperation, if we are to see our world - the only planet fit for people - become truly a peaceful, clean, healthy, progressive, place to live, and where women and girls, of all races/ethnicity/creed/background, are safe, well-treated and respected.


Read the full article at Independent




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