NSE partners United Nations to promote gender parity

Posted March 08, 2018

She believes "decades of work that have happened have mainstreamed International Women's Day in a way that makes (organisations), whether they are companies or state agencies or NGOs, recognise that this is a day to affirm not only women's empowerment but also the continued struggle that remains around very key issues".

The event is set to take place in the city centre to celebrate International Women's Day tomorrow. "These kinds of sexist approaches are against our culture, history and the dynamics of our social life", read a written statement from the Presidential Office to mark International Women's Day.

History of International Women's DayInternational Women's Day, or IWD as it is shortened, can be traced back to the time when about 15,000 women in NY marched the city asking for suffrage rights, shorter work hours and a better pay.

The Exchange, in a statement, said this year's edition, themed, "Press for Progress", is aimed at motivating and uniting everyone to think, act and be gender inclusive.

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On March 8, I will receive countless messages from friends and colleagues in Cuba and Guatemala, two countries where I have spent a considerable amount of time and maintain close personal and professional relationships.

It's a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health, leadership, prosperity and other opportunities - and to realise the rights and benefits that women's empowerment brings to women and girls, to their communities and nations.

The ABC is launching a cadetship scheme to encourage women to enter the film and television industry as part of its support for International Women's Day and the #PressforProgress campaign.

In 1965, it was declared as a non-working day in the USSR and is today an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam.

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Sound and Music has launched a month-long programme ahead of International Women's Day (IWD) this Thursday, aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers. Check for the location of the event in your country and town on the IWD website. There are, of course, individual women who defy this gender subordination, but women as a social category do not.

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This year the official United Nations theme is "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives".

"The fact nevertheless remains that much still needs to be done, both here and overseas, to advance the cause of gender equality". But, because of entrenched gender inequalities and discrimination, rural women fare far worse than rural men and urban women: "less than 20% are landowners+ and while the global pay gap between men and women stands at 23%, in rural areas it can be as high as 40%".

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In 2015, Labour MP Jess Phillips was one of several people to oppose holding a debate on men's issues in parliament, arguing simply: "it seems like every day to me is International Men's Day". He also said there was " ... still much room for improvement".