Statement by Min. Olivia Grange in Observance of Int'l Women's Day

Kelley Robertson
March 9, 2018

Celebrated annually on 8th March, International Women's Day is an event that considers and recognises the contribution of women towards nation building.

"We are certain that through the implementation of the 25 IOC Gender Equality Recommendations, we as the Olympic Movement - athletes, officials, commissions, federations and executives - can take real steps to enact effective change together", IOC President Thomas Bach said. Around the world, women and girls are calling out the abusive behavior and discriminatory attitudes they face everywhere and all the time. "They are insisting on lasting change".

Running under the global theme "Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives" and the national theme "Transforming Women's Lives through Economic empowerment", the day is set to elebrate economic, political and social achievements of women, their courage and significant determination in contributing to the country's wellbeing.

Guterres declared that "gender inequality and discrimination against women harm us all", saying that gender equality "is not a favour to women", but a human rights issue in everyone's interests.

Enjoy as she tells us what the opportunity to do a job that is traditionally male-dominated in Nigeria means to her.

"The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit".

Tourists take photos of "The Fearless Girl" statue as it stands across from the Wall Street's famous Charging Bull to draw attention to the gender equality and lack of female managers, March 9, 2017, in NY.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is a priority for Government.

Guterres, however, regretted that over the next decade millions more girls would undergo genital mutilation and women's representation in parliaments stood at less than one quarter - and even lower in boardrooms.

True to the global theme of #PressForProgress, the girls debated the equality question with one of the participants arguing that "we can be women at home, but at work, we are equal to men".

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