The UN observances set aside a time to commemorate, promote and take action on the focus of the day, week or year.
This year the International Women Day theme is EMPOWER RURAL WOMEN – END HUNGER AND POVERTY. My caps for emphasis.
“Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
It is a day to remember, regroup and re-energise. I read through my twitter timeline and saw many people choose (or not choose) their own focus for the day. Ill share
@donnabrazille “#International Women’s Day. Let us spend time honoring all those who came before us and those who steely shoulders we stand upon.”
@africanCeleb “Happy #IWD @dekeju @pdbraide @rmajayi @Funmilola @toptosyn @fowora @oni_keji Everyday is women’s day but it’s nice to have a special day ”
@abikedabiri “Happy International Women’s day. I want to salute the bravery,courage and strength of every woman, especially Nigerian women…” As a woman, whether you’re at home ensuring the well being of your husband and children, or working an 8 to 5 job…..”you are directly and indirectly contributing to economic and social growth. #IWD”
@keemserve “What’s IWD when a lot of women are suffering in Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries across the world..#UN #IWD”
@AlertNet “Improving women’s access to skilled birth attendents in rural Nigeria, by Amina Aminu http://t.co/O8vZmO4I #iwd #iwd2012 #nigeria”
@BieberHeeterLuv “Happy International Womens Day to every women out there, remember you are STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING and so many other things #LoveYourself?”
@lawrencespencer “International Womens day is so sexist”
@WHO “Happy International Women’s Day! Ladies and gentlemen, how can we empower women to have better access to healthcare? #IWD”
@WomensInstitute “Standing up to save legal aid on International Women’s Day – will you help us? See http://t.co/b31GY6w4 #LAPSO #IWD”
@pdbraide “International Womens Day. @funmilola is climbing Kilimanjaro with others 4 women & child rights. No peak is too high #IWD”
@ReachScale “Economies with more [women participating in economy] dramatically outperform those that do not” http://t.co/qt2bMKtJ #IWD
@MarieStopes “Tweet 1 – Sophia, 17, lives in a rural village in Tanzania. Read her story: http://t.co/eFiIlOEq #womensday #15for2015 #IWD”
@UNDP: “Rural women account for nearly half the agricultural labor force – but under twenty percent of the landholders” – @HelenClarkUNDP #IWD”
@misselliemae “And to men asking when International Men’s Day is: it starts tomorrow and usually finishes on March 7 next year. #IWD”
Whatever it means to you just take time out to observe it in your own way. Commemorate, promote and act to improve the lives of women all over the world, they arent second class citizens, they are human beings.
Happy International Women’s day. Lets make the world a happy place for everyone.
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