According to the United Nations, the theme for this year’s International woman’s day, March 8, is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” and it aims to emphasise the importance of technology in bringing gender issues to light
The IWD is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women from around the world. Although it is just a day but it is a call to action for accelerating gender parity and setting agendas and goals in achieving these targets.
From age to age, every aspect of our life has become dependent on technological innovations.
However, 37% of women do not use the internet. 259 million fewer women have access to the Internet than men.
Bringing more women into technology will result into creative solutions, innovations that will help promote gender equity.
This year IWD recognizes and celebrates the girl child and women championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.
Reasons why we need IWD
- IWD highlights the work that remains to be done
- Girls are forced to marry against their will
- Higher poverty rate than menWomen are not allowed to open bank accounts in more or less 72 countries
- A day to celebrate women accomplishments
- Women experience more violences
- It will take more than 135.6 years to achieve equality between men and women globally.
- Women hold Few leadership position
- Women are subjected to domestic workload
- IWD connects women around the world
- The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The official IWD website(opens in new tab) states. ‘International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continues to grow from strength to strength.’
There’s still so much to be done and much more that needs to change and women need those changes as the year passes.