International Women’s Day: Let’s Eliminate Exploitation and Discrimination against Women and Girls 

[social_warfare]Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, boys and girls exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls. Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices on one hand and liberalisation and feminism are being used to explore women and turn them into object and trophy for men on the other hand.

Women’s rights over their own bodies are questioned and undermined. Women are been forced to dress nakedly in schools and offices and will be tagged as backward if she does not accept sure norm as normal. Extremist, Bigots and Terrorists single them out for sexual and gender-based violence, forced marriage and virtual enslavement. Women and Girls are routinely targeted for intimidation and harassment in cyberspace and in real life. Paedophiles and on a rampage against girls.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations.

Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. This situation is worsening in many cases where this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning and self-development.

All women and girls deserve a life with the opportunity to be educated, to work, to be healthy and to participate in all aspects of public life. Yet in every country in the world, women and girls live within the confines of rigid gender norms, which frequently result in disproportionate access to essential services and major violations of their human rights.

For women and girls to fully participate in their communities and enjoy their rights, they need a life free from gender-based discrimination- a life with the opportunity to be educated, to work safe jobs with adequate and equal pay, to be healthy, and to participate in all aspects of public life. However, women are frequently subjected to gender norms that limit their opportunities.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN’s efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.

 

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