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Celebrating International Women's Day with girl power

11 March, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Celebrating International Women's Day with girl power

Organizations worldwide are celebrating International Women's Day to recognize accomplishments of women and girls around the world.

The small company of 40 employees is proud to share that 43% of its workforce is made up of women and furthermore 50% of their management team. The group's community relations and volunteer manager, Brittany Yelverton, said working with young girls to build confidence sets them up for success down the road.

The origins of the observance date back to February 28, 1909 in New York City when the Socialist Party of America organized a "National Woman's Day" to bring attention to gender equality issues in the United States.

This year's International Women's Day was marked with rallies across the world as women came out in huge numbers to stand in solidarity with each other and to simply celebrate the power of being a woman.

UN Women representative M Alison McLean making a presentation at the seminar organised for International Women's Day by WPortfolio in collaboration with the Bureau of Gender Affairs and the National Organisation of Women.




This year, the social media hashtag #PressforProgress is the rallying call to create gender parity around the globe.

As the first woman laywer in Papua New Guinea and the first woman to hold the position of the Secretary General to the Pacific Island Forum, Taylor said gender equality and women's representation in Legislature is low in the Pacific.

"We need WOW because women and men are still not equal in society, and around the world", said Maricka Oglesby. When institutions and people talk about empowerment and development, rural women are forgotten, yet they play a pivotal role in ensuring that the activism and voices are counted and heard when it mattered the most. At least 71% of human trafficking victims, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, are women and girls, who are usually sold into marriage or sexual slavery. Our campaign began after Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule in January 2017, and we have spent the a year ago advocating for the Global HER (Health, Empowerment, and Rights) Act.

Have you noticed a lot of ladies in red today?

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