'Keep the bell ringing' for gender equality

International Women's Day 2018: The History of IWD's Socialist Roots

Nigerians on Wednesday joined the rest of the world to celebrate 2018 International Women's Day with many sharing messages with the hashtag #IWD2018 and "Press For Progress" as the theme.

I rise in this Honorable House today, as Minister with the portfolio of Gender Affairs, to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of women and girls locally and internationally. But it's not just about the current women. This must change. Women are critical to economic growth and global stability. If you're out there marching already, great!

The move was meant to honour "the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants", Wendy Lewis, the company's global chief diversity officer, said in a statement on Tuesday.

We are fortunate at this time to have a distinguished woman serving as our International Director; Lion Nicolin has broken the glass ceiling for our women and we salute her or laying the path for the future aspiring ladies.

"Gender equality is enshrined in countless laws, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage have been outlawed in many countries".

Guterres declared that "gender inequality and discrimination against women harm us all", saying that gender equality "is not a favour to women", but a human rights issue in everyone's interests.

International Women's Day has been around for more than a century.

Gurira also shared the importance of using her position of power to "do something practical" to help women and girls reach their "greatness" and "potential". It's International Women's Day, and though every woman should be celebrated today, it's important to pay tribute to the notable names in political history of women who fought for equal rights around the world.

Mary Alison McLean, representative UN Women Multi Country Office for the Caribbean also spoke to the need for female empowerment in the business world. "We can no longer speak out for women's rights without speaking out even lounder when they are violated and we can no longer agree that action is needed without taking it ourselves", added the Assembly President.

"I think that's every recognised, or close to every recognised exchange in the world".

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