Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

International Women's Day sparks reactions from big name celebrities

International Women's Day sparks reactions from big name celebrities

Two years later, the United Nations General Assembly invited states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace. "And so the time is now to change it", said Guterres. Everywhere, women are saying "The Time is Now". "They are insisting on lasting change".

First Lady Sarote Konrote (front, fifth from left), and Lilian Napoto (left) with others celebrating International Women's Day at the home of New Zealand High Commission Defence Advisor Josh Wineera in Suva on March 8, 2018.

Women play an important role in the development and progress of our respective communities and the nation as a whole; however their contribution is often not fully recognised due to the unequal gendered power structures that permeate through the fabric of our society often discriminating against women.

Guterres noted that we still lived in a male dominated world with male dominated culture but warned that until power is fairly shared, the world will remain out of balance. There are more girls in school than ever before.

Guterres, however, regretted that over the next decade millions more girls would undergo genital mutilation and women's representation in parliaments stood at less than one quarter - and even lower in boardrooms.

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.

With the official theme of this year's IWD being Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives, and the unofficial theme being #PressForProgress, organizers are using the strength in numbers women have already shown in taking to the streets to march, and to social media to tell their stories of harassment and worse at the hands of powerful men.

The project, endorsed by the IOC executive board last month, covers areas including sport, portrayal, funding, governance and human resources and aims to create a roadmap to advance gender equality within and beyond the Olympic movement.

"As they call for opportunity and accountability, drawing momentum from grassroots networks and coalitions that stretch right up to government leadership".

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