The international women’s day is a day set aside to celebrate the achievement of women all over the world the core message of #EachForEqual, the campaign at the centre of this year celebration seeks to draw attention to the notion that gender inequality isn’t a women’s issue, but an economic one – as gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
The United Nations is focusing on gender equality and human rights for all women and girls. The theme for the year is: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” focuses on Championing women forging tech innovation, Applauding equality for women athletes, Forging inclusive workplaces so women thrive, Supporting women to earn on their own terms, Empowering women through health education and Increasing visibility for female creative’s. The campaign highlights, forging equality in these areas and more is crucial to a “healthier, wealthier and more harmonious” world.
Although the day wasn’t officially recognized until 1977 by the United Nations, the history of the celebration can be traced back to the early 20th century, thanks to labour movements across North America and Europe. This movement has now been extended to Africa with an increased rate of awareness of each for equal this has advocated for a change in the way a woman is perceived in the society and has brought about recognition of women in politics, communities, religion and gender in the society.
“2020 is a massive year for gender equality,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women. “And the benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world that leaves no one behind.”
She explains how even though there’s been progress for women but that “no country has achieved gender equality.”
In Africa where there are steps being taken to increase awareness of gender equality in politics, education, gender, etc.a number of women have stood out, to show that women are capable of contributing to the economic quota and to the development of a nation and such women are Folorunsho Alakija, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Rebecca Enonchong, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf etc who have been recognized for their contribution towards society and an advocator for gender equality. As advocators for this movement they have set the pace in achieving full global gender equality.
The day not only celebrates a woman but celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness of bias and calling out inequality, the campaign says, we can all help to bring about change.
Indeed through the celebration of international women’s day, to advocate for gender equality in the society and there is no barrier you cannot conquer as a woman.