GENDER EQUALITY TODAY FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW
BE PART OF A MOVEMENT
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8 March to commemorate women’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements. It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.
The global theme for International Women’s Day in 2022 is ‘Changing Climates: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.’ This year’s theme is about recognising and amplifying the influential role women and girls worldwide play in addressing climate change.
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
This theme aims to bring awareness to the gender biases women face every day in all walks of life. Gender bias refers to the preferential treatment of men, and whether the discrimination is deliberate or unconscious, it is holding women back from reaching their full potential.
The #BreakTheBias movement aims to encourage people to call out gender bias when they see it happening and keeps us all accountable for our thoughts and actions. Gendered norms and ideas of what a woman’s role should be in society often mean that women and girls experience the impacts of climate change and natural disasters differently.
UNESCO believes that all forms of discrimination based on gender violate human rights. Women and men must enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens. Equipping girls and boys, women and men with the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills to tackle gender disparities is a precondition to building a sustainable future for all.
TO PAINT YOU A BETTER PICTURE:
47,000 women and girls were killed by their male partners or family members in 2020 – and those are only the deaths we know about.
47 countries still have no repercussions for husbands who rape their wives.
2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men.
14.2% is the size of Australia’s gender pay gap.
45 countries do not have specific laws against domestic violence.
30% of women globally have experienced sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.
Sometimes, men fear the strength of determined women. But this is what it means to become a strong, independent woman—the ability to demonstrate grit and resilience despite all the challenges you may face.
A woman is the epitome of beauty, wisdom and care. She has climbed the mountains and dived into the ocean; she has matched the steps with every man in the world. International Women’s Day celebrates the power of women – their rights and role in our lives and society.
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!