“The review of women’s rights shows that despite some progress, no country has achieved gender equality”, said UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
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. Global protests from #MeToo to #UnVioladorEnTuCamino make it clear that it is time for radical change and new solutions.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “” and is aligned with United Nations Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality. 2020 is a massive year for gender equality, 25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action set out a clear path on how to achieve gender equality, the world has witnessed remarkable progress. However, the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action points out that violence against women and girls remains pervasive.
Despite the progress, real change has been agonisingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Nowadays, there are new types of inequalities that are rapidly emerging. Climate change has a disproportionate impact on women and young girls while the digital gender divide is increasingly apparent.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that empowerment for women and young girls is vital to the development of communities. We, all together, should mobilise youth and youth leaders to end gender-based violence, call for economic justice and rights for all, bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and feminist action for climate justice. We also want technology and innovation for gender equality and feminist leadership. We all should be working to realise their true potential as part of a gender neutral society, and strive even harder to alleviate the hardships still being faced by fellow women and young girls around the world.
Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Let us call upon all stakeholders to be courageous to stand for gender equality and a vision of a world where all women and young girls have equal opportunities and rights.
On International Women’s Day (#IWD), join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement that would advance equality for women and young girls everywhere in the world.