- #Better4Kenya Movement in Honor of #InternationalWomensDay
It is no news that Gender inequality is one critically important issue affecting the health of Economies, communities and families. It is not just a women’s issue neither is it just for today.
The Kenyan social media space ensured that the #BetterForKenya movement was trending all day. Pictures of both men and women carrying up signs that read ‘Gender Equality is #BetterForKenya’ were posted on all social media platforms.
Seminars were hosted by various organizations including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights where sexual and gender based violence issues were discussed. The aim to the movement was to educate both men and women on the importance of Gender Equality and to encourage women to speak up when they feel discriminated against and when they are sexually harassed .
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2. UN Women releases reports on active steps to achieving Gender Equality by 2030
UN Women report titled ‘Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The report provides a detailed assessment of progress made so far, gaps and challenges incurred in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with respect to gender issues. The report is said to provide a practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes
The report does a good job of linking attaining gender equality and the achievement of all 17 SDGs.
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3. United Nations Recognizes Aba Women’s Riot
Today, March 8, 2018, the UN Women recognized the Aba women’s riot of 1929 as a remarkable women-led demonstration that resulted in a revolution that led to the defense of women’s rights in Nigeria.
The Aba Women’s Riot was made up of women from six ethnic groups and was organized and led by the rural women of Owerri and Calabar provinces. Enraged by their social standing under colonial rule, the Igbo women sent palm leaves to their fellow sisters across the Southeastern Nigeria. Together they gathered in thousands to sing songs and publicly attack the rulers. They went as far as hitting on their walls and even destroying their roofs. As a result many Warrant Chiefs were forced to resign.
- Female Workers in Spain go on 24 hour Strike
Female workers in Spain are celebrating International Women’s Day with a strike. The purpose of the strike is to draw awareness to gender inequality and sexual discrimination.
This strike is being supported by ten unions as well as some of Spain’s female politicians. Organizers have urged Women to not spend money or participate in domestic chores all through the day.
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