|Why women's daY?
Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women?
The United Nations General Assembly, composed of delegates from
every Member State, celebrates International Women's Day to recognize
that peace and social progress require the active participation
and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women
to international peace and security.
For the women of the world, the Day is an occasion to review how
far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.
You might think that women's equality benefits mostly women, but
every one-percentile growth in female secondary schooling results
in a 0.3 percent growth in the economy. Yet girls are often kept
from receiving education in the poorest countries that would best
benefit from the economic growth.
Until the men and women work together to secure the rights and
full potential of women, lasting solutions to the world's most serious
social, economic and political problems are unlikely to be found.
In recent decades, much progress has been made. On a worldwide
level, women's access to education and proper health care has increased;
their participation in the paid labor force has grown; and legislation
that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their
human rights has been adopted in many countries. The world now has
an ever- growing number of women participating in society as policy-makers.
However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same
rights and opportunities as men.
And everywhere, women continue to be victims of violence, with
rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability
and death among women of reproductive age worldwide.