Thursday 8 March 2018

International Women's Day - March 8 - #IWD2018


By Chief Editor and Blog Manager- Amanda-Jane Turner

March 8 is the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and Peace, also called International Women's Day. The theme for International Women's Day 2018 is leave no woman behind, together we can empower women across the globe.

UN Women is responsible for empowering women and promoting gender equality. They list their priority areas as:

  • Expanding women’s leadership and participation
  • Ending violence against women by enabling states to set up the mechanisms needed to formulate and enforce appropriate laws and services;
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Strengthening the implementation of the Women, Peace And Security agenda
  • Making gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning and budgeting.

We all have a role to play in empowering women across the world. Each day we can all be a role model for women - by encouraging and supporting each other and raising awareness of the various challenges women face be it in developing countries, in a white collar work place or in juggling maternity leave with a career.  We can mentor women and support them to gain leadership positions. We can empower them by helping them see the skills they have and the value they have in our lives and in the workplace.

(c) AWSN 2018

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