Gender Ministry Announces 2018 International Women's Day Celebration

Emmeline Pankhurst in London 1912

Emmeline Pankhurst in London 1912

Among events overseas: In London, where thousands attended a #March4Women on Sunday, women's talents will be showcased with an art exhibit, live music and storytelling in Camden on Thursday.

In TT, organisations such as the InterClub of TT and Women Everywhere have a week of activities in observance of the day. It just doesn't seem to resonate in the same way that it does in Latin America.

The first IWD was celebrated in New York City in 1909 to commemorate the march for women's rights that had taken place in that same city the previous year. Britain attained women's suffrage in 1928 while France attained in 1944.

Fr Luke also speaks about his experience serving as a deacon in the federal women's prison near Oakland in California, an all-female Catholic facility. From 1910 to 1917, IWD observances were held in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Austria, and Russian Federation, among other places, mainly as the result of union and social democratic party activism. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported the event, through the UN Women-led program.

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The public is welcome to attend and encouraged to wear purple and bring signs in support of women, women's issues, gender parity and support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in IL. The women in Russian Federation observed the day on the last Sunday of February. In 2016, the President Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls helped launch the United State of Women at the first United State of Women Summit in 2016.

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".

Over the previous year, women have risen to the forefront of activism and have demanded more from our government, our employers, and our communities.

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world", UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said in a statement discussing the theme of this year. Last year's theme, #BeBoldforchange was adopted by the USA Women's Hockey Team to rally for equal pay. 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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Back in 1910, the International Woman's Conference put forward a suggestion to mark "International Woman's Day" on 8 March annually.

This theme surely conveys an idea and make a move towards the gender equality among individuals. The Telegraph also notes that, "In 1913, it was made a decision to transfer IWD to March 8".

We have now reached gender parity for the first time in my senior management team, and I am determined to achieve this throughout the organization. The rich struggle and movement for women's rights have shaped the history of women's day as we know it today.

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