Minister of Gender Affairs marks observance of International Women's Day 2018

NSE partners UN to promote gender parity

What is International Women's Day?

The gender disparity is starkly revealed when comparing a man and a woman at the upper-most end of the confidence scale: your chances of promotion rise from 8 per cent to 14% if you're a highly confident man, but remain at around 7 to 8 per cent if you're a highly confident woman.

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman". Women as young as 16 years old faced down police in the dead of winter. IFAD is an global financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome - the UN's food and agriculture hub.

In spite of this increased focus, however, women are still confronted with various challenges.

He also talks about the stories of sexual violence that he heard, bringing home the reality of how women are treated differently and "are oppressed in every country in the world". Within the European Union, this is not so much a question of women and girls lacking basic internet access or skills. Yet, on nearly every measure of development, because of deep seated gender inequalities and discrimination, rural women fare worse than rural men or urban women, it said. This must change, and to be sure, the crusade for change continues. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. It is a theme [that] is most appropriate and fitting as it evokes a sense of urgency. So we can't be complacent.

She said International Women's Day is an opportunity for women's achievements in all fields of endeavours - from the political to the social - to be recognized and celebrated. The date was chosen because on March 8, 1857, female garment workers had also marched in a strike against the same miserable conditions.

On Sunday 4th March, women across the capital joined the #March4Women march to mark International Women's Day. On the 17, we will have a Bike-A-Thon/Walk-A-Thon from the Villa Grounds through the streets of Charlestown to Pinney's Beach and back.

Trinidad and Tobago is making history just ahead of International Women's Day as the country awaits the inauguration of the first female Head of State, Justice Paula Mae Weekes. On May 5 and 6, we're hosting a second national Summit in Los Angeles-a diverse city with a long history of activism and culture of creativity.

We can attest to many women featuring in powerful positions. The MSI data from 2017 indicates that the current gender pay gap in India stands at 20%.

"At IFAD we have seen how information communications technologies can be powerful catalysts for political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality if rightly designed, accessible and usable", Gilbert F. Houngbo, IFAD President. So, it is time to have equality among the masses.

Women empowerment lies in honouring ourselves and treating ourselves with respect as Eleanor Roosevelt (said), "no one can put you down without your permission"'. We'll amplify organizations and individuals creating solutions, share best practices, and we will equip them with the tools and resources they need to continue pushing for progress.