International Women's Day sparks reactions from big name celebrities

Mar 09, 2018, 09:07
International Women's Day sparks reactions from big name celebrities

In his United Nations address, Secretary General Antonio Guterres acknowledged that "There are more girls in school than ever before; more women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics, and in global organizations" but also that "sexual harassment and abuse have been thriving in workplaces, public spaces, and private homes, in countries that pride themselves on their record of gender equality".

"We are certain that through the implementation of the 25 IOC Gender Equality Recommendations, we as the Olympic Movement - athletes, officials, commissions, federations and executives - can take real steps to enact effective change together", IOC President Thomas Bach said. "They are insisting on lasting change".

March 8 marks a special day for females all over the world: International Women's Day, which celebrates all the achievements women have made politically, economically, socially and more.

We all must play our part in creating a community that respects women, embraces gender equality, and protects the rights, interests, and well-being of all women. "As we still live in a male-dominated world with male-dominated culture and until power is fairly shared, the world will remain out of balance".

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.

He pointed out that United Nations had now reached gender parity for the first time in his senior management team, adding "I am determined to achieve this throughout the Organisation".

"This is what women and girls want".

True to the global theme of #PressForProgress, the girls debated the equality question with one of the participants arguing that "we can be women at home, but at work, we are equal to men".

"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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