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Everything you need to know about International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day
| 11 March, 2018, 03:01

The government must set a timeline for the Gender Equality Act to show firm commitment in enacting the law.

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. The occasion picked up more momentum when a series of worldwide human rights conventions were adopted and applied, on the top of which was the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on December 18, 1979.

Moreover, I have worked with Congress to enact policies that encourage American women to pursue careers in the worldwide arena. Such inequality, he says, has awful consequences in women's lives, and has impacted his views about women in society and the Church. Women, he says, have already taken on leadership at parish and diocesan level, but one place where they have a less prominent role is in the Vatican.

The theme for this year's UN-backed day that is being marked across the world today is "Press for Progress".

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN under-secretary-general, said in a statement that the "gathering of strength among women" that is happening right now has to be a tipping point.

She said she had realised while promoting the hit movie, in which she plays warrior Okoye, that people still can not picture women in certain roles in real life.


"We did not imagine that this "Women's Day" would inaugurate the revolution. It is generating a conversation that is relevant for women everywhere".

This, she added, was a sign of the need for TT to pay attention to women's issues and lives and the multiple areas that are relevant to women's rights.

Similar to the LEED certification for environmentally-friendly building design, consumers will then be able to identify companies certified as supportive of gender equality.

The United Nations theme for the day was The Time is Now, recognizing the activism that is changing women's lives and that which is still needed.

Guterres, however, regretted that over the next decade millions more girls would undergo genital mutilation and women's representation in parliaments stood at less than one quarter - and even lower in boardrooms. "In different countries, depending on what is possible for us to do in a particular country, we'll focus on more than one aspect of women's empowerment".

Through these and many other initiatives, we seek to empower women of all backgrounds to achieve their economic potential and shape our world.

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