March 8, 2019 marks the 108th Anniversary of International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It's a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women? In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited two reasons: 1) to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and 2) acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait, we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange, to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world and help drive the greatest change for women. Each one of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.
For the women of the world, the Day's symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change. For more information on IWD go to: internationalwomensday.com