International Women’s Day 2017

March 8th, 2017

International Women's Day 2017

Today we are proud to celebrate achievements of women across the world. This year’s IWD theme focuses on the place of women in the changing world, with a hashtag #BeBoldForChange promoting the concept on social media.

The world of work is changing which means there are now more work opportunities for women to tap into; however the informality of labour is still at a growth. According to UN Women, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force across the world, compared to 76 per cent of men. An overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, support care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection.

Therefore, achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development.

“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.” - UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

To find out more about International Women’s Day 2017, please visit the official UN Women website or International Women’s Day page.