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Let’s celebrate women together

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Children’s Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
TOMORROW, March 8, women will again join hands for a common cause as they have done since the first international Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated in 1908 when a group of 15,000 women marched on streets of New York to demand for their rights.
This year, under the theme: Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives, is aimed at transforming this momentum into action. It is meant to empower women from rural and urban settings, and to celebrate the activists who tirelessly work to ensure women claim their rights and realise their full potential regardless of background.
This year’s commemoration is significant following global activism for women’s equality that has seen such movements as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #SheBelieves; while women in rural areas have continued to lag behind, hence the global momentum that strives for gender parity for all.
The day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force. Although these women work hard to feed nations, ensure food security and build climate resilience, they remain badly marginalised when compared to rural men or urban women because of deep- seated gender inequalities and discrimination.
The inequalities also affect girls in rural areas who are equally disadvantaged in a number of ways when compared to their counterparts in urban areas. These women and girls not only lack infrastructure, services, decent work and social protection; they are also more vulnerable to effects of climate change.
This year’s theme aims to celebrate rural women and girls and to ensure that they are not left behind. They also deserve same entitlements and benefits regardless of background.
IWD will be a time to reflect on progress that has been made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women and girls who have played extraordinary roles in the history of their communities.
To quote United Nations Secretary General António Guterre, “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”
Happy Women’s Day to girls, women and all progressive men!
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