International Women's Day 2018: History, Theme, Celebration And Significance

NSE partners UN to promote gender parity

International Women's Day: We can't claim success until nobody has been left behind

Again, the glass ceiling is in most cases invisible to onlookers and only felt by the one person trying to break through it.

Commenting on the significance of IWD, Nicola Dibb, executive director and founder of Women in Social Housing (WISH) said: "Campaigns such as International Women's Day are hugely important for highlighting gender disparity and the very real struggles that many women face in the workplace".

Surely you'll agree with me that daughters, mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and women in general have come a long way in the different societies we live in.

Women today, about six decades later, are still fighting the same prejudices.

The first women's day was observed in February 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of NY demanding improved pay, shorter hours and voting rights. They honoured a similar march by their forebears in 1857 on that date. In 2011, Barack Obama proclaimed March as the "Women's History Month". "It's time now to bring this urgent dialogue to New Zealand - and we saw a step in the right direction with the launch of #metoonz last week". Immigrant women, particularly Muslim women, are harassed on our streets.

The European Commission is committed to stopping violence against women - in 2017 alone it made €15 million available to 12 national authorities and 32 grass roots projects aimed at preventing and combating violence against women. Men and Women, let's make the day a success. It is a worldwide event that commemorates the achievements of women.

France wants to set 15 as minimum age for sexual consent
France's Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa has announced that the government has made a decision to set the age of consent at 15. Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments.

The initiative - known as Clare's Law after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009 - allows police to disclose information on request concerning a partner's track record of domestic violence or other aggressive acts. In 1965, it was declared as a non working day in the USSR.

In August 1910, it was proposed in the "women's office" of the Socialist Democratic party of Germany that every year, International Women's Day be observed. Female delegates from 17 countries unanimously approved.

"Individually, we're one drop but together we're an ocean". Women carried banners and demanded their right to work, healthcare, and education and called for an improvement to the country's economy. If we look at the year 2017, women have worked free for 51 days of the year because of the disparity in pay. Britain attained women's suffrage in 1928 while France attained in 1944.

The challenges that stand in the way of progress for women are way too many. It's sent a message that women don't have to accept unacceptable treatment. Thus (there) lies the reason why no Naga woman was elected this election.

Beloved woman you are the origins of life.

Given the current rate of change, the Global Gender Gap Report estimates it will take 217 years to close the economic gender gap. All women and girls - rich or poor, urban or rural, educated or illiterate - must be able to access the health services equally. Also, women still find it hard to break through the glass ceiling. Such inequality, he says, has awful consequences in women's lives, and has impacted his views about women in society and the Church.

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