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Women to mark big day

WOMEN in the country will celebrate International Women’s Day Wednesday next week.

The theme for this year’s event is, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

According to a United Nations report, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

“The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

“The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights,” the report said.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Mathew Varley is urging and encouraging everyone to support the international event.

Speaking during the weekly police media conference on Thursday, Mr Varley said a march will be held in Honiara in which police will be participating.

“I urge and encourage everyone to come out and support the International Women’s Day,” Mr Varley said.

Below are some key targets of the UN 2030 Agenda:

• By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.

• By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

• End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

• Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation and

• Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

“The world of work is changing, and with significant implications for women.

“On one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts—all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment,” the UN report said.

By STEPHEN DIISANGO

 


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