International Women’s Day was celebrated on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. The United Nations message on this day was for it to be 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, towards the 2030 Agenda.
The 2030 Agenda has several Sustainable Development Goals, of which goal number 5 sets about to; "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls." Goal number 4 also states that is aims to; "Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
In terms of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights, some key targets of the 2030 Agenda include;
- 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 preprimary 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.
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
- The world 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 labor, 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.