International Women's day: 117 years left for gender equality

The day celebrated the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

Civil movements in Latin America used this day to march against gendercides, environmentalist Berta Caceres and "La Montañita" murders were rejected in countries like Argentina, Colombia and Honduras. The fight for women's right regarding subjects such as abortion and genital mutilation were also highlighted.

Globally, the UN announced an initiative to protect girls form child marriage and protect the rights of millions of the most vulnerable girls in the world. This project is being directed by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Google published a doodle under the theme "OneDayIWill" showing women's aspirations and concluding "One day I will see every girl on school".

The day was first celebrated in 1909 in the United States by the Socialist Party of America, in honour of 1908  garment workers' strike in New York which demanded better working conditions and the right for women to vote. Since 1975 the UN declared 8 March as IWD.

This year's campaign theme was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, part of the 2030 Agenda.

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ended his statement saying: "Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future."

Nonetheless The Gender Gap Index presented by the World Economic Forum in 2015 concluded gender equality would be achieved in 2133.

The Index shows there is a correlation between gender parity and Global Competitiveness, Human Development and higher GDP per capita. It measured Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment  in 145 countries. The 10th edition of the report concluded Nicaragua has done the most improvements for breaching the gap in Latin America.

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