Today on International Women’s Day 2022, we celebrate the women in our lives
International Women’s Day is a global, annual opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements and rally together for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
Celebrate women’s achievements
Raise awareness about women’s equality
Lobby for accelerated gender parity
Fundraise for female-focused charities
This #IWD2022, our thoughts turn towards the women in Ukraine.
Mothers, daughters, women of all ages fighting for survival against aggression by Russian forces.
Women reporting from Ukraine war zones to ensure the world knows the truth.
Women forced to flee their homes with their children.
Women forced to give birth in bunkers.
We send our support to all the women of Ukraine.
Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women issued the following statement ahead of International Women’s Day: –
“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the power and potential of women and girls. We recognise their courage, resilience and leadership. We mark the ways in which we are making progress towards a more gender-equal world.“
Sima goes onto say;
“At the same time, we see how that progress is being undermined by multiple, interlocking and compounding generational crises.
Currently, we are witnessing the horrifying situation in Ukraine where the impacts on women and girls, including the hundreds of thousands displaced, remind us: all conflicts, from Ukraine to Myanmar to Afghanistan, from the Sahel to Yemen, exact their highest price from women and girls. The Secretary- General has been clear, War Must Stop.”
Watch a video of Sima Bahous: https://youtu.be/HvBUwrIp9k0
This year’s campaign is represented by the #BreakTheBias hashtag and calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is levelled for women moving forward.
Back to Sima:-
“The impacts of COVID-19 have increased inequalities, driving poverty and violence against women and girls; and rolling back their progress in employment, health and education. The accelerating crises of climate change and environmental degradation are disproportionately undermining the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. They are multiplying insecurity at all levels, from individual and household to national. Rising temperatures, extended droughts, violent storms and floods are resulting in loss of livelihoods, they are depleting resources and fuelling migration and displacement. The latest major IPCC report on climate change, and our Secretary-General, have warned us that ‘nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone – now, ’and that ‘many ecosystems are at the point of no return – now’.
Climate change is a threat multiplier. But women, and especially young women, are solution multipliers.
We have today the opportunity to put women and girls at the centre of our planning and action and to integrate gender perspectives into global and national laws and policies. We have the opportunity to re-think, re-frame and re-allocate resources. We have the opportunity to benefit from the leadership of women and girls environmental defenders and climate activists to guide our planet’s conservation. We need Indigenous women’s inter-generational knowledge, practices and skills.
It will take unprecedented levels of global cooperation and solidarity to succeed, but there is no alternative to success. We must protect our hard-won gains on human rights and women’s rights and lead decisively to leave no woman or girl behind.
We have a blueprint to follow. It involves women’s full and equal participation and leadership in decision-making; their access to green jobs and the blue economy; and their equal access to finance and resources.
We need to ensure universal social protection and a care economy that protects us all. We have to scale up financing for gender-responsive climate, environmental and disaster risk initiatives; including for COVID-19 recovery and to increase resilience to future shocks. The solution is there. We resolve to pursue it.
Let us make this International Women’s Day a moment to recall that we have the answers not just for SDG 5 but, through the advancement of gender equality, for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. I look forward to working with every one of you to that end.”
Wise words which all of us here at Astute thoroughly support.
And our thoughts and prayers go to all in the Ukraine.