Making the business case for gender equality

History of International Women’s DayInternational Women’s Day, or IWD as it is shortened, can be traced back to the time when about 15,000 women in NY marched the city asking for suffrage rights, shorter work hours and a better pay.


As conflicts and crises in Africa took a more complex turn in recent years, there has been a devastating upsurge of violence against women and girls.

A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the “Women’s Office” for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. According to a 2017 report by them, it could still take another 100 years before the global equality gap between men and women disappears entirely.

Trinidad and Tobago is making history just ahead of International Women’s Day as the country awaits the inauguration of the first female Head of State, Justice Paula Mae Weekes. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Anne will be one of the expected several thousands taking part in the IWD’s day rally this Saturday in Belfast city centre, which will be attended by members of women’s organisations, trade unions and pressure groups.

We can attest to many women featuring in powerful positions.

For the same work done, men earned Rs 231 as a median gross hourly salary while women earned only Rs 184.80.

Following on from last year’s IWD programming schedule which was well received by audiences, ABC programs across television and radio will be presented by all women line-ups on Thursday. The day is observed with a different theme each year and this year, the theme is to #PressforProgress.

Liverpool: Women Are My Sisters, Not My Competition on 8th March, where women from all walks of life come together to network.

Women – young, old, politically engaged or blissfully disinterested in politics – will congratulate me and other women on “our day”.

“International Women’s Day preludes another really important development for women in law because next month the Law Society will release its Gender Equality Charter to the profession”.

The extraordinary potential of women and girls as advocates is evident all around us, and today reminds us that we are not alone in the fight for equality. On this day we express our love and gratitude to the women who make difference in our lives. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.


The two universities will debate on two Gender Equality propositions: ‘How women and girls can achieve equality in Liberia’. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide, and inequality. “We are much better than this and should lead by example because I know that the legal community is not the only sector with these issues”, Ms Beck says.

Editorial Tide turning toward equality     International Women's Day is Thursday March 8     Mar. 7 2018 12:00