International Women's Day: when is it and why is it celebrated?

Azerbaijan marks International Women's Day

"Narrowing the gender gap can help drive growth and improve the lives of many families, which is why IFC and its partners have joined forces to strengthen women's participation in the private sector as employees, entrepreneurs, consumers, and leaders", said Jan van Bilsen, IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus.

The Debate will also aim to empower target groups to take action by strengthening their ability to advocate for the rights of women and girls and this event will take place at the Cathedral Catholic School in Monrovia. This is because there is still a lot of disparity between the salaries of men and women.

While the festival runs for almost two weeks in Belfast and throughout the north, Thursday March 8 is the day when women's groups throughout the world will focus on women's achievements while highlighting fights for equalities which still need to be won. I am proud to have served in the Obama Administration because President Obama prioritized the important goal of achieving gender equality for women and girls around the world.

This year it is #PressforProgress to highlight women's struggles and inequality in the work place following the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report that found gender parity is over 200 years away. "Standing with women against this discrimination and injustice is our humanitarian duty", it read, adding that the violence against women is a global problem that "should be tackled with a rights and justice-based understanding".

Purple is used to symbolise International Women's Day, but historically it was green, white and purple; purple to symbolise dignity, white for purity and green for hope.

The first of this series of interviews will be released on 8 March 2018, and a weekly update thereafter - so please stay posted through our daily newsletter, HR Bulletin. Across nations and continents, women serve as the backbone of societal order and as critical change agents in engineering development.

Women's Day was first observed on February 28, 1909 in NY. Today, more than 60% of our senior positions are held by women, and we're working to ensure our regional and country offices follow suit. Women's Day 2018 falls on a Thursday.

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.

The United Nations selects a theme every year to focus on the day. Moreover, women who do have paying jobs outside the home are on the wrong side of a gender wage gap that averages 23 percent, suggesting that equality is not only about opportunity. In Nanaimo, women are marching.

In Canada and the US, these problems may not be seen as acute, which sometimes results in a tendency to view progress toward gender justice uncritically and to believe the myth of equal status. Also, 40% of women felt men simply did not know what to do or say.

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