International Women's Day sparks protests, acts of solidarity across the world

International Women's Day sparks protests, acts of solidarity across the world

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In 2004, she said, HEC and USAID had joined hands to provide quality education to the talented students who lack the financial resources to attend a university.

Though there is some conflict regarding the origin of International Women's Day, scholars generally associate it with the 1907 march of New York's textile workers. So whether you honor today by wearing red or purple, supporting women-owned businesses, giving flowers to a female friend or hashtagging the heck out of your social media feeds, you'll be part of an worldwide movement pushing for equality for women everywhere. But the day still retains the essence of its Marxist roots by encouraging women to think of themselves as a homogenous class with discrete common interests, in opposition to men's.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Gender Balancing and Youth Development of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Ms Christiana Ojo advised Nigerian women not to get carried away with the celebration that comes with the day but to discuss, chart a new course and devise practical solutions to challenges women face in the society.

"There has been a pattern of sexual harassment and abuse in our industry, including myself, when I was 16 years old I was assaulted by a director on a movie", the 41-year-old said during an emotional discussion at the United Nations in NY on International Women's Day. Two years later, the United Nations General Assembly invited states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.

"It is astounding that we're not there yet, but we're not", she added.

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef says that in Canada, women hold only one-fifth of the positions on corporate boards. "But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength". "It is generating a conversation that is relevant for women everywhere". "In different countries, depending on what is possible for us to do in a particular country, we'll focus on more than one aspect of women's empowerment".

Similar to the LEED certification for environmentally-friendly building design, consumers will then be able to identify companies certified as supportive of gender equality.

The two main trade unions supported half-day stoppages and estimated that almost 6 million people took part.

"Today we must commit anew to this most important and critical of tasks".

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