Happy International Women’s Day 2019!
As we still fight for gender equality, does the ATD 44 years old challenging 1975 call on the all feminist movements appeal to you today, in 2019?
Tell us what has changed, what need to change and what in this 1975 text is still inspiring today?
“The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunity among themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to the most disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.”
Joseph Wresinski, All Together in Dignity,
Mexico, International Women’s Year, 1975
Read full appeal here: Women’s Year Appeal
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.
Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
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