Today marks the 110th anniversary of the International Women’s day celebrations. This global event celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The IWD 2021 campaign theme is:’ #ChooseToChallange’ highlighting that a challenged world is an alert world. We are called upon to call out gender bias, inequality and strive.
The day implores for a call to action in accelerating women’s equality.
Yet in the Global Gender Gap Report of 2020 tabled by the World Economic Forum it indicates that gender parity will not be achieved any time soon.
This is heartbreaking especially in South Africa. As we hold the shameful distinction of being among the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman. We have among the highest rates of intimate partner violence globally.
“From challenge comes change,” says the IWD community
27 years into our democracy and women still get the short end of the stick. It is time to raise our hands in support and solidarity for women’s issues #ChooseToChallenge.