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International Women’s Day – 8 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019

This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias.

The work of Soroptimists with women and girls is a testimony of promoting equality and constantly pushing for social change. Globally working under the Soroptimist focus, ‘Educate to Lead.’ projects delivered on education point in the direction of equality. In diverse and patriarchal communities, equality for girls is still challenged but persevering Soroptimists have gently brought in change.

Read this message from SI President, Mariet Verhoef-Coen, about International Women’s Day.

This almost hundred years old organisation has remained an epitome of empowerment of women. It has stepped forward into every decade with innovation and moved forward with the social and technological changes to make the Soroptimist organisation relevant even now.

Pioneers like Violet Richardson, Suzanne Noel, Katherine Salt, Sadun Katipoglu, Lynn Dunning and many other women have made valuable contribution by simply being who they were. They taught women to dig deep into their own undiscovered strengths and to becomes ambassadors of change.

Flash forward to 2019, the focus is on innovative ways in which women can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

This innovation and technology provides unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society.

Soroptimists are a part of this growth and evolution and continue to take the organization beyond 100 years.

So, Soroptimists this International Women’s Day celebrate yourselves and your history of equality and look forward to a future of smart innovation.

For more information visit the International Women’s Day Page of the UN Women Website.

Nisha Ghosh
APD Violence and Conflict Resolution

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