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International Women's Day being observed

08 March 2018

Kangaloo said this year's theme "The time is now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives", is both welcome and timely as it places attention on some of the more pervasive inequalities that need urgent attention. The United Nations celebrates the day on the basis of different themes every year.

With a youthful population and the aim to harness the demographic dividend, focusing on women and girls to give them an opportunity to exploit their potential will go a long way in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The empowerment of rural women and girls will be a priority theme at the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in NY from 12 to 23 March.

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This week brings a lot of joy to me, having been at the helm of women activism since 2002. "Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity". Women in the region are closing the gap with men, and catching up their counterparts in advanced economies at an impressive rate.

At the global level, UN Secretary General, António Guterres says the world is at a pivotal moment for women's rights.

In the subsequent years, the International Women's Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. In 1917, women in Russian Federation chose to protest and strike for "Bread and Peace" on the last Sunday in February. In 2011, previous United States president Barack Obama pronounced the long stretch of March as Women's History Month.

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Although the "we are not yet there" aspect has not been fully achieved, the world has seen significant strides in ensuring women are in leadership positions, a departure from the past.

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education. "And, indeed, much broader issues of the extent to which there's gender balance in decision-making and whether women are full participants in the decision-making in a particular society", she explains.

"If the government will provide Guaranteed Livable Income, so we're not talking about welfare rates that really doom people to stay poor, but enough income that will allow women to have dignified lives", Kerner says. I was lucky enough to catch up with three women who make contributions to the local community in various industries.

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Many on social media found it ironic that the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced this "huge pay gap" a day before International Women's Day.

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International Women's Day being observed