Women the world over celebrate International Women’s Day (#WomensDay) every year on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. UN Women declared “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” as the global theme for 2017.
Only 50% of working age women are represented in the labor force globally. An overwhelming majority of these working women do informal work and represent lower-paid, lower-skilled occupations with little or no social protections. Add to that the extra burden of unpaid work such as care-giving and domestic work that has little or no value or applied credit in the economy. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. So around the world, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that can truly drive greater change for women. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is of paramount importance if we are to have sustainable development.
Lasting change in achieving economic equity for women starts at the grassroots level. Here is what you, as an individual can do to help:
1. Support organizations supporting women
2. Work with businesses that are working towards closing the pay gap.
3. Advocate for political empowerment of women
4. Volunteer in your community to create better opportunities for women and girls.
5. Declare bold actions and purposeful action that you can do to help advance the gender agenda. Follow the #BeBoldForChange campaign on Twitter.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
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– Sources: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.97hRmJIH.dpuf