'Keep the bell ringing' for gender equality

Marie Harrington
March 10, 2018

What is International Women's Day?

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.

Granted. There are programmes both by government and private sector to empower women and deal with the challenges such as maternal mortality, early marriages, unemployment rates, land ownership, inclusion, property ownership, and security, among other rights. Next month, they will host the WOW - Women of the World - one day Festival.

This project complements the additional measures announced Budget 2018, including a new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the introduction of proactive pay equity legislation, the strengthening of the Canada Child Benefit, and the introduction of a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit.

In line with the global theme for this year's celebration, "press for progress", the NSE symposium was created to motivate and unite everyone to think, act and be gender inclusive. "Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals means progress for all women, everywhere", he stressed.

"This has worked in other countries and we believe it will have a significant impact in driving down the gender pay gap here, by shining the spotlight on any gender based pay discrepancies and enabling companies to address and remedy such inequalities where they exist".

He asserted that investing in women lifts up communities, companies and countries.

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TV shows and movies have started to focus on more and more women in powerful positions. Sometimes society sidelines us, but that should not deter us as women.

Please accept my heartfelt greetings on International Women's Day.

Women continue to be targeted by ruthless in criminals, a case in point being Uganda where 24 women have been kidnapped, raped and murdered in cold blood over the past six months.

She pointed out that healthy societies have a mix of voices that provide checks and balances - important for good decision-making - and saluted those who speak out for justice.

Journalist Lisa Wilkinson embraced International Women's Day sending a strong message on the the power of a united sisterhood.

"We're delighted to be involved in celebrations for this global movement, which we wholeheartedly support, and hope our employees relish the opportunity to participate in the name of all of the women in their lives". For decades, women have been calling for the equality that is their right.

In 2004, she said, HEC and USAID had joined hands to provide quality education to the talented students who lack the financial resources to attend a university.

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