International Women's Day, 8 March
Ban Ki Moon:
"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth.
Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all."
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to
call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by
ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of
their countries and communities.
This year’s theme, “Equality for women is progress for all”
emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full
enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential
to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of
women as agents of development.