International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th. It is the day when we celebrate women, and their achievements and acknowledge their rights. This day is about speaking up for women who are fighting bias, stereotypes, and so much more they go through to build an equitable and inclusive society. It is about raising their voice against women who cannot do it for themselves as well as reflecting on the ongoing struggles for gender equality.
Women continue to face significant obstacles and discrimination in many areas of life, including the workplace, politics, and personal relationships. It is crucial that we continue to push for progress and advocate for the rights of all women, particularly those who are marginalized or disadvantaged.
Although no particular organization can claim exclusive ownership of the occasion, the United Nations is frequently at the forefront of commemorations as it officially acknowledged International Women’s Day in 1977.
DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality
The United Nations has chosen DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality as its theme for this year. This subject highlights the significance of technology in promoting rights. However, the increasing difference in digital access and use between genders is negatively affecting various aspects of women’s lives, including their employment opportunities and safety on the internet. Hence, the theme emphasizes the significance of comprehensive and groundbreaking technology as well as digital education, promoting inclusivity.
According to the UN, there is significant inequality between men and women in terms of internet access, with 259 million fewer women having access. Moreover, women are underrepresented in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In today’s world, technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach gender equality. It can help to break down barriers, increase access to information and resources, and create new opportunities for women and girls. From digital education and financial inclusion to virtual networking and online activism, technology can provide innovative solutions to the challenges that women and girls face.
However, it is important to acknowledge that not all women and girls have equal access to technology and the opportunities it provides. There are still significant gaps in digital literacy, internet access, and representation in the tech industry. Addressing these inequalities is crucial for ensuring that technology is used to promote gender equality rather than exacerbating existing gender disparities.
UN also introduced a hashtag this year i.e. #EmbraceEquity. This hashtag highlights the importance of not only recognizing the disparities that exist between men and women but actively working to address and eliminate them.
Achieving gender equity requires a multifaceted approach, addressing issues such as equal pay, reproductive rights, access to education and healthcare, and ending violence against women. It also requires a shift in societal attitudes and norms, promoting diversity and inclusion, and challenging gender stereotypes.
Women continue to face significant obstacles and discrimination in many areas of life, including the workplace, politics, and personal relationships. It is crucial that we continue to push for progress and support for the rights of all women, particularly those who are suppressed.
On this International Women’s Day, let us commit to working towards a more equitable world, where all individuals are valued and empowered to achieve their dreams. Let us celebrate the achievements of women and the progress we have made, while also recognizing the work that still needs to be done. Together, we can create a more just and equal society for all.
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