IWD 2024: an ideal opportunity to reflect on gender equality progress

Today, 8 March 2024, the world celebrates the 167th International Women's Day. The origins of this day are rooted in the workers' struggles and the many demonstrations by women demanding the right to vote, better working conditions, and equality between men and women that shook Europe and the Western world at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1977, the UN officially recognized the Day in a resolution calling for a “United Nations’ Day for Women's Rights and International Peace” to be observed by all Member States on any day of the year.
Through the adoption of this resolution, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of women in peace and development efforts and called for an end to discrimination and greater support for the full participation of women. The International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements, regardless of divisions, be they national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. It is an opportunity to take stock of past struggles and achievements, and above all, to prepare for the future and the opportunities that await future generations of women.
In 1996, the United Nations began adopting an annual theme. The theme for the 167th International Women's Day is: 'Investing in women: accelerating the pace'. This theme was chosen by the United Nations, which believes that guaranteeing the rights of women and girls in all aspects of life is the only way to build fair and prosperous economies and preserve a healthy planet for future generations.
Ironically, the alarming lack of funding for spending on gender equality measures is one of the main obstacles to achieving gender equality by 2030. That’s why Women's Day is still a burning issue today. For as long as equality between men and women has not been achieved, we need to celebrate it. This is why Education International Africa, concerned with achieving gender equality in unions and the education sector, would like to celebrate all African women educators of all stripes for their courage and determination for the achievement of quality education for all.
It also urges EI member organizations in Africa, as well as all national and sub-regional networks of women educators, to make 8 March 2024 an ideal day to reflect on progress made towards gender equality, to raise awareness of issues related to women's and girls' rights, and to call on governments to ratify ILO Convention 190 to guarantee safe and secure workplaces for women and girls. 
Happy International Women's Day!

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