Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Today marks International Women's Day

Emmeline Pankhurst in London 1912 Emmeline Pankhurst in London 1912
Kelvin Reese | 08 March, 2018, 01:41

What events are taking place in the United Kingdom for International Women's Day?

It is marked by rallies, panel discussions, seminars, networking events and performances. Women still earn less than men.

Several of Jamaica's leading entertainers will hit the stage on Thursday, March 8, in support of International Women's Day. Significance of International Women's Day IWD 2018 is special because it is marking a century to the granting of the first suffrage rights to women.

He also talks about the stories of sexual violence that he heard, bringing home the reality of how women are treated differently and "are oppressed in every country in the world".

This year's IWD theme is #PressForProgress, and it couldn't come at a better time - where not just women, but all members of society need to be provided an inclusive voice, while employers must press for gender parity on all fronts.

Of course, the commemoration of International Women's Day is also used as an advocacy platform - to advocate for change in issues, situations, systems and structures that hinder women's advancement in our society.

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On Sunday, thousands of people joined a march in central London calling for gender equality and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of female enfranchisement. Observed since the 1900s, it reportedly started in 1909 as National Woman's Day, thanks to the Socialist Party of America, which "designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in NY, where women protested against working conditions", according to the UN. The women in Russian Federation observed the day on the last Sunday of February. Also, there is a marginally inverted pay gap in the experience group of 3-5 years, where women are earning more. Its theme is #PressForProgress, which is a fairly diluted call to action, one that is aimed primarily at women in countries of what's now known as the Global North. In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Saturday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia).

Global data indicates that if we invested equally into women in the economy, the world economy could gain $US28 trillion dollars by 2025.

For a full list of events in your local area, check out the official International Women's Day website.

This rally and subsequent march through Downtown Manhattan begins at 4 p.m.in Washington Square Park to encourage "women and their allies to strike from all labor, both paid an unpaid for one hour".

"The fact nevertheless remains that much still needs to be done, both here and overseas, to advance the cause of gender equality".

Across the world, women earn on average 77% that of men and women with children can expect to earn less than childless women when they return to work, according to analysis by the International Labour Organisation. It focuses on improving health for men and boys, championing positive male role models and boosting gender relations.

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