March 8 is celebrated globally as the International Women's Day. It is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
According to the United Nations, The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
In her message for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of starting change in the home in order to "construct a different world of work for women"
“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science...” Read the full message.
Google created a Google Doodle slideshow on its search engine to celebrate thirteen (13) female pioneers. The slideshow features a little girl whose grandmother tells her the best bedtime story ever: the tale of her favourite historical heroine. The little girl then visits 13 remarkable women in her imagination, taking us along on a journey that spans centuries and circles the globe.
Facebook is also marking today with a 24 hour livestream event - #SheMeansBusiness.
Happy Women's Day to all women