Design world celebrates International Women's Day

Hannah Rogers
March 11, 2018

The Liberal government is devoting almost $860,000 to a project that could end up creating a certification system to let Canadians know how well companies are doing when it comes to gender equality. "At the time I was an extremely broke playwright who had a fundraising party and a friend said he'd match whatever I made, and I was able to pay my NY rent and go".

In October 1975, at the World Congress for International Women's Year, held in Berlin and attended by over 2,000 delegates, a decision was taken to recognize March 8 as International Women's Day in all countries.

International Women's Day is a worldwide movement.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights", says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

The theme for this year's UN-backed day that is being marked across the world today is "Press for Progress".

Gandhi's statue damaged, one man arrested
Over the last three days, statues of Periyar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee were vandalised in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Earlier, reports had quoted eyewitnesses as saying that a man had hurled stones at the statue and fled the scene.

Danai Gurira, right with Witherspoon and UN Women director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was in tears as she spoke about her experience.

"What is the point of signing the Convention, but not incorporating it into Malaysian law to protect women?" she said.

"And with the revelations so many women have been assaulted, discriminated against and generally had to be quiet for fear of losing opportunity and a job, we decided we were all in it together". Many have also used the day to further draw attention to the wage gap, while others protested photoshopping and unrealistic standards for women created by society. "It is generating a conversation that is relevant for women everywhere".

Women have made significant inroads into male-oriented areas of business, but there is still some distance to go to achieve true equality and status. "In different countries, depending on what is possible for us to do in a particular country, we'll focus on more than one aspect of women's empowerment".

"Even in the sectors where we weren't expecting much, [the turnout] is bigger than we expected". Women comprise only 13.5 percent of seats in the SC state legislature, the third lowest representation in the country, even though women make up 51 percent of the state's general population.

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