Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Bahrain celebrates International Women's day

Movement of women for gender equality is critical, but we also need a movement of male feminists: Mlambo-Ngcuka of United Nations Women Chief: Sex Abuse Cases Tip of Iceberg
Gerardo Duncan | 11 March, 2018, 03:02

While International Women's Day seems innocuous enough, and some use it to highlight the very real rights violations that women still suffer in some parts of the world, this collectivist festival has its roots in a protest that ended up kicking off the Bolshevik Revolution in Russian Federation.

Al Darabi said that one of the main initiatives of UNIC for 2018 is women development and to transfer the momentum to relentlessly working towards giving them equal rights in the society. Here in Jordan, equality between men and women means or should mean equal number of PMs in the legislature and not just few of them as decorative flowers to please, or rather deceive, the eye. Next week at the 62nd session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, UN Women plans to discuss the #MeToo movement with member states and other UN entities. We are going to continue to change the world, in the brightest way!

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

These two issues have collided in Myanmar. Mlambo-Ngcuka recently returned from a refugee camp housing the Rohingya in Bangladesh and describes a troubling situation. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA)'s 2016 survey reported that 69 percent of design practitioners are women (out of 87,000), but only 25 percent of those women are firm principals.

Frances O'Grady, the TUC's general secretary, told the Guardian,"Nearly 50 years since the Ford machinists went on strike at Dagenham, the United Kingdom still has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe ..."

The Zimbabwean-American actress and Tony Award-winning playwright says she was thankful to be handed the role of Okoye, who had nobility and put the needs of her country and people first.

The two main trade unions supported half-day stoppages and estimated that almost 6 million people took part.

The celebration comes with different themes yearly to guide women across the world.

Through these and many other initiatives, we seek to empower women of all backgrounds to achieve their economic potential and shape our world. "But the slate has not been cleaned completely - we still have over 37 countries where women are still expected to marry their rapists".

A version of this story originally appeared on The Takeaway.

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