It’s International Women’s Day: How women’s rights fared in the past year

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Gender equality is more important than ever in a society where numerous problems are severely taxing communities. The only way to ensure thriving and just economies, as well as a healthy planet for future generations, is to ensure women’s and girls’ rights in all spheres of life.

The startling lack of funding, with an annual shortfall of USD 360 billion on gender-equality initiatives, is one of the major obstacles to attaining gender equality by 2030.

It’s time to make a change! Come celebrate Defense Day and  International Women’s Day with us on March 8, 2024, as we unite around the slogan, “Invest in women: Accelerate progress.” 

Make a statement and use the hashtag #InvestInWomen to join the discussion. To make sure that women are not left behind, we must work together in the following five crucial areas:

Investing in women: A human rights concern

There is not much time left. Nonetheless, the biggest obstacle to human rights is gender equality. Investing in women is essential to upholding human rights and a fundamental component of creating an inclusive society. Women’s advancement benefits all of us.

Putting an end to poverty

Since 2020, the COVID pandemic, geopolitical wars, natural disasters, and economic upheaval have caused an additional 75 million people to live in extreme poverty. Quick action must be taken because this might result in over 342 million women and girls living below the poverty level by 2030.

Putting in place a finance system that takes gender into account

75 percent of countries are expected to reduce public spending by 2025 as a result of conflicts and rising fuel and food prices. Austerity has a detrimental effect on women and diverts funds from social protection and other vital public services.

transforming into a caring society and green economy

The existing economic structure disproportionately affects women and underprivileged groups, aggravating poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. The transition to a green economy and a caring society that elevates the voices of women is suggested by proponents of alternative economic models.

Supporting female activists for change

Women’s inequality and poverty are being addressed by feminist organizations. That being said, they are barely scraping by on the meager 0.13 percent of all official development assistance that they receive. 

What is the International Women’s Day history?

In 1910, during the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, the concept of an International Women’s Day was put out and accepted. According to the IWD website, this occurred one year after the Socialist Party of America observed the nation’s first National Woman’s Day on February 28, 1909.

Who is the founder of Women’s Day?

A woman by the name of Clara Zetkin, who was the head of the Social Democratic Party’s “Women’s Office” in Germany, proposed the concept of an international women’s day. She suggested that in order to advocate for their demands, there should be an annual celebration on Women’s Day in every nation.