March 2017: International Women’s Day 2017: Be Bold for Change
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close until 2186 and that’s too long to wait. In the interests of fast tracking inclusion and equality, let’s do something now.
A gender-equal society is a society in which both women and men, as equal members, have the opportunity to participate in all kinds of social activities at will, equally enjoy political, economical and cultural benefits, and share responsibilities. In such a society, the human rights of men and women are equally respected. Women who desire an active role in society may participate in activities of their own choosing.
All too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education, political representation, labour market, etc — with negative repercussions for development.
We at Cowater see first-hand how gender equality, empowered women and tolerance can have incredibly positive social and economic impacts around the world. Today we take a moment to pause and think about how we can all contribute to a gender equal society. Cowater has been making excellent strides to help empower women all over the world. We’re proud of the impact we’ve been able to accomplish and we certainly won’t be stopping anytime soon.
So on this International Women’s Day, please ask yourself what personal contribution you can make. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”