"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world". "At the time I was an extremely broke playwright who had a fundraising party and a friend said he'd match whatever I made, and I was able to pay my NY rent and go".
"UN is pleased and proud to be collaborating with Bahrain Women Union and other participating bodies to celebrate the worldwide women's day", Head of UN Information Centre (UNIC) Samir Al Darabi told DT News. The occasion picked up more momentum when a series of global human rights conventions were adopted and applied, on the top of which was the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on December 18, 1979. For one day, women danced, sang, marched, and chanted. Such inequality, he says, has bad consequences in women's lives, and has impacted his views about women in society and the Church.
Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "What we see today is a remarkable gathering of strength among women all over the world, demonstrating the power of speaking with one voice".
"Time is Now theme (of the UN) resonates strongly with our movement in light of the fact that almost four years after 276 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State, 110 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Dapchi in Yobe State 17 days ago".
International Women's Day (IWD) was on March 8 and the comics community celebrated by talking about the creators, artists, and illustrators who help to inspire us and make comics a more inclusive and welcoming place.
Frances O'Grady, the TUC's general secretary, told the Guardian,"Nearly 50 years since the Ford machinists went on strike at Dagenham, the United Kingdom still has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe ..."
"What is the point of signing the Convention, but not incorporating it into Malaysian law to protect women?" she said.
What is International Women's Day?
We have to remain persistent, Fr Luke says, and ensure that qualified women are considered and hired when employment opportunities open up.
The celebration comes with different themes yearly to guide women across the world.
UN Women is going to focus its efforts for the rest of 2018 on the issue of violence against women, which impacts millions of women around the world.
He pointed out that United Nations had now reached gender parity for the first time in his senior management team, adding "I am determined to achieve this throughout the Organisation".