Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Why The #MeToo Movement Is Giving International Women's Day a Boost

Why The #MeToo Movement Is Giving International Women's Day a Boost Why The #MeToo Movement Is Giving International Women's Day a Boost
Nellie Chapman | 10 March, 2018, 14:42

The significance of worldwide women's day has overtime gained increased visibility and has become a global custom today.

First Lady Sarote Konrote (front, fifth from left), and Lilian Napoto (left) with others celebrating International Women's Day at the home of New Zealand High Commission Defence Advisor Josh Wineera in Suva on March 8, 2018.

"Time is Now theme (of the UN) resonates strongly with our movement in light of the fact that almost four years after 276 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State, 110 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Dapchi in Yobe State 17 days ago". In 1977, two years after the International Women's Day originated, the United Nations chose to invite the nations to spend one day expressing the interests of women and world peace. International Women's Day was formally recognized by the United Nations in 1975 and is now celebrated in over 140 countries.

To Press for Progress is to travel to hinterlands where practices like Female Genital Mutilation and the Trokosi System still exist, to educate, enlighten and empower more women and girls.

In a statement personally signed by him on Thursday, March 8, 2018, Dr. Ubah who affirmed that the importance of the existence of women must be recognised at all times, said, "Every year we celebrate women's day with a lot of enthusiasm, joy and fanfare".

Mary Alison McLean, representative UN Women Multi Country Office for the Caribbean also spoke to the need for female empowerment in the business world.

For some local women at the state's only women's college, it was time to consider what gender equality really would mean. For decades, women have been calling for the equality that is their right.

The data shows that gender equality policies are abundant and widespread, with 64 per cent of Indian businesses adopting equal pay for men and women performing the same roles, and 55 per cent implementing non-discrimination policies for recruitment. At least 71% of human trafficking victims, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, are women and girls, who are usually sold into marriage or sexual slavery.

Speaking at the event, Women in ETFs Australia liaison Daphne Van der Oord remarked on the rising number of stock exchanges around the world that were holding such bell-ringing ceremonies for the cause.

The release of the IOC's recommendations coincides with International Women's Day.