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International Women's Day: 6 Things You Need to Know

08 March 2018, 01:44 | Gordon Grant

International Women's Day: 6 Things You Need to Know

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"International Women's Day preludes another really important development for women in law because next month the Law Society will release its Gender Equality Charter to the profession". As well funding an £8.5m domestic violence service in the capital, we're also working with Transport for London and the police on the ground-breaking Project Guardian partnership - which encourages women to report sexual offences that take place on the capital's transport network so they can be thoroughly investigated and offenders brought to justice. Statistics Canada shows women make 74 cents to every dollar a man earns.

And we acknowledge the strong commitment by Pacific governments, community organisations and the dedicated and talented women activists and leaders, who are all working to advance gender equality across the Pacific region - to ensure women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men.

Another initiative to be discussed is the Women's Empowerment Principles, a set of operating guidelines developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact that embodies the business case for gender equality. I have never had anyone in Canada or the United States wish me a Happy International Women's Day.

On March 8, I will receive countless messages from friends and colleagues in Cuba and Guatemala, two countries where I have spent a considerable amount of time and maintain close personal and professional relationships.

In 1996 the United Nations started running themes for each International Women's Day as a way to highlight specific struggles met by women across the globe.

"However the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day".

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However, we will not lose focus on the huge amount there is still to do to ensure that women aren't discriminated against due to their gender. As minister with responsibility for gender affairs, I therefore make a special appeal for you to join us in the cause of uplifting our women and by extension, uplifting our nation.

The European Commission is committed to stopping violence against women - in 2017 alone it made €15 million available to 12 national authorities and 32 grass roots projects aimed at preventing and combating violence against women.

In addition, 32 percent women identified "not easily considered for top management roles" as one of the top challenges while only 13 percent men agree.

In August 1910, it was proposed in the "women's office" of the Socialist Democratic party of Germany that every year, International Women's Day be observed. The women in Russian Federation observed the day on the last Sunday of February. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide, and inequality.

Organizers of International Women's Day 2018 hope to ride that wave of activism with this year's theme: #PressforProgress - a push for gender parity worldwide.

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

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