International Women’s Day

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08 Mar 2016

Today is International Women’s Day, the aim of which is to put a focus on the social, economic and political achievements of women worldwide.

The theme this year is a “pledge for parity”, with organisers calling for faster progress on equality. According to the World Economic Forum, it is predicted that it will take until 2095 to achieve global gender equality.

International Women’s Day events will be taking place across the globe. In Nigeria there is a walk to protest against gender-based violence; in India female sherpas will be hosting tours of their favourite Mumbai locations; in London there is the Women of the World Festival.

Meanwhile, in Australia, there are numerous events taking place across the country, including an Empower Conference at the Northern Institute in Sydney, an International Women’s Day Conference in Melbourne, a breakfast in Canberra, a luncheon in Adelaide, a networking high tea in Perth, a gala dinner in Darwin, and a charity art auction in Brisbane.

People are encouraged to pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly — whether by helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, calling for gender-balance leadership, or rooting out workplace bias.

To take action and make a pledge click here.

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