A global celebration of the social, economic, and political achievements of women
International Women's Day 2015
Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day. WAGGGS is joining in this celebration, as the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.
This year’s theme is ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!’. It links to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), a blueprint document for girls’ and women’s rights, which will be reviewed at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from the 9th to 20th March in New York.
Across the world some progress has been made on the BPfA goals to achieve gender equality, but this progress has been slow and uneven across countries. At a high level event hosted in Santiago, Chile last weekend global women leaders urged governments to strengthen their actions to close the gender equality gap following two intense days of analysing the progress made on BPfA goals. The Call to Action from the conference found:
“At the current pace of change, it will take 81 years to achieve gender parity in the workplace, more than 75 years to reach equal remuneration between men and women for work of equal value, and more than 30 years to reach gender balance in decision-making”.
Influencing change at CSW 59
The WAGGGS delegation at CSW 59 will be demanding global leaders to commit to the same key messages on behalf of 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.Nine youth delegates will go to New York and nine remote delegates will support them in calling on global leaders to put girls and young women at the heart of Beijing+20 and the post-2015 development agenda. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary since the adoption of the BPfA and the end of the Millennium Development Goals. Beijing +20 is an opportunity to galvanize political will and commitment to BPfA implementation, and the post-2015 development agenda will succeed the MDGS; this IWD and CSW are opportunities to ensure girls are not left out of either.
Contributing to MDG 3
In WAGGGS’ Call for Action on MDGs in January, the MDGs Take Action Backpack was launched and requested us to step up our efforts on MDGs. So, IWD is another opportunity to contribute to the MDG 3 focusing on gender equality in the last lap towards the MDGs deadline in 2015.
Check out the resource and follow the IWD celebrations on Twitter and Facebook throughout the week surrounding IWD. It’s time to act!
Happy International Women’s Day!