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International Women’s Day 2019 Campaign Theme: #BalanceforBetter

 

 

 


Posted: 08 March 2019


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrated annually on March 8. The event which started with a political flavour to secure the rights of women, has since evolved over the years and is now a celebration of women’s struggle and fight for independence and liberalisation. The global campaign theme continues all year long to encourage action for driving gender balance across the world.

This year’s theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” is being reflected during UN Women events around the world, along with the official commemorative events such as Commission on the Status of Women63 (CSW63) held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to focus on innovative ways in which the world can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and also explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.

The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions in removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and girl is left behind. The 2014 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development asserts that the central role of gender equality is critical and social innovations have the potential of providing unprecedented solutions to meet the needs of marginalized women and those at the bottom of the pyramid.

As the fourth industrial revolution starts, women still have less than two-thirds of the economic opportunity that men have. The jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation, and if the gender divide in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is not bridged soon, the overall gender gap is likely to widen.

If the impact of local governments’ efforts in addressing issues of social and economic justice is to be enhanced, it must be remembered that gender inequality and the low status of women in society are principal drivers of poverty. Therefore, in tackling the issues of service delivery, we must also address those specific challenges that relegate women to a subordinate status and impede their empowerment.  The Women’s Commission is required to play a central role in guiding the gender and women empowerment policy direction at the local level as we move forward towards consolidating the gains and the lessons learned over the years. 

The SALGA Women’s Commission is, therefore, observing International Women’s Day to celebrate the tireless work of activists who are central to the global push for gender equality and who strive every day to make women’s rights a reality!
 
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