Move womankind forward on International Women's Day

Emma Watson

"Time is Now theme (of the UN) resonates strongly with our movement in light of the fact that almost four years after 276 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State, 110 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Dapchi in Yobe State 17 days ago".

All this is for you, ladies. While International Women's Day seems innocuous enough, and some use it to highlight the very real rights violations that women still suffer in some parts of the world, this collectivist festival has its roots in a protest that ended up kicking off the Bolshevik Revolution in Russian Federation.

But just what is International Women's Day?

Moreover, I have worked with Congress to enact policies that encourage American women to pursue careers in the worldwide arena. The theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress.

UN Women representative M Alison McLean making a presentation at the seminar organised for International Women's Day by WPortfolio in collaboration with the Bureau of Gender Affairs and the National Organisation of Women.

Though International Women's Day is observed globally, it's not an official holiday in all countries.

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On the whole, Mlambo-Ngcuka says that the #MeToo movement is helping to foster a culture change across the world, and the United Nations is taking notice.

When is International Women's Day?

Top Photo | Protesters build a wall of signs outside the White House for the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency in Washington, Jan. 21, 2017. "I've heard about boys saying at the theatre, I didn't know women could be generals".

You can find a global list of anti-trafficking organizationsat CNN's Freedom Project.

The ways to honor International Women's Day are endless, and people all over the globe take a variety of different approaches to honoring the day. The year before, Emma Watson debuted a new emoji for the #HeForShe campaign.

Women without jobs were also urged to withhold labour. For instance, in 1914 in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage, explains IWD's website. For decades, women have been calling for the equality that is their right. On an average, women are paid almost 23 percent lower than men and in countries like Turkey, the gap can be as much as 75 percent.

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