LDC X International Women's Day
BY ARIANNA CINI
Delving into relevant topics in honour of International Women's Day.
As everyone knows, March 8 is an annual celebration of Women's Day.
It is actually improper to consider it as a festivity; it’s more of a day to remember and reflect on the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of the female gender and raise awareness about women’s equality; so it is more correct to speak about International Women's Day.
I know what many of you must be thinking - "we don’t need a special day to celebrate them, they should be remembered every day" - and it's true, I agree with you; but it's a day to highlight everyone of the small and big steps the female universe has taken to get to where it is now. We must take this day as food for though focused on the great progress that has been made and the hope that there can be change - a hope that aims to turn into something concrete. In fact, on this day we celebrate courageous acts of determined women from all over the world, which have become fundamental for the emancipation of women.
It is therefore a day in which gender equality is staged, with the aim of accelerating its growth.
There are different entities that work to promote the process of growth and development of the status of women and their public participation: among the best known we can mention the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Associations like this one, choose a theme for International Women's Day each year; last year for example it was "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” - in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere.
You may be wondering what the theme of 2021 will be, I'll reveal it right now:
“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”
The goal of this theme is to mark the formidable efforts of all women around the world in shaping a more equitable future in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once again, women proved pivotal during the COVID-19 crisis, as health and social workers, innovators, community organizers, and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders fighting the pandemic.
Resilience, determination, pragmatism, benevolence, trust in collective common sense, charism and humility are mentioned as common features of the success of these female leaders.
Women's organizations and women leaders have demonstrated the ability to use their skills and knowledge to lead COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in the best way possible. Finally, the world realized that women see everything from a different perspective, and because of this endowment, they have been able to make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies, and laws that work better for everyone.
Statistically, women-led countries have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic by responding quickly to its health and socioeconomic impact.
We can take for example the heads of government of states such as Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, and Slovakia: all countries led exclusively by women, who have been remarkably recognized worldwide for the readiness and effectiveness of their response to COVID-19, turning out to handle the crisis better than other Countries.
So let's look at the positive side of this drastic crisis: COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of women in society as beings who were once again found to be fundamental, pointing out the disproportionate burdens women carry.
Despite these great steps taken by the female gender, the road to total emancipation and empowerment is still long and arduous.
it's incredible to think how the human being has been able to reach such phenomenal goals; I mean, in 1969 two American astronauts landed on the moon, we managed to create medicines capable of curing diseases that could be fatal, we fought for our rights and recognized our duties.
But through it all, we have failed to give women the same rights as men.
How deplorable it is to think that women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. According to recent statistics, legal restrictions have prevented 2.7 billion women from accessing the same choice of jobs as men, forcing them to settle for more. In 2019, it was revealed that more than 75% of parliamentarians are men, leaving the percentage of women very low. One in three women still experience gender-based violence, and that's in 2020. When we think about the incredible progress men have made in all areas, social, political, economic and medical; let's remember how far we still have to go to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities between men and women.
We must strive to achieve gender equality, as it is a fundamental human right to achieve peaceful, united and prosperous societies with full human potential and sustainable development.
Let's make 2021 count for women and girls everywhere, they deserve it more than ever!
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