Happy International Women’s Day! Today Women Watch Afrika honors women all over the world, acknowledges the continued struggle for equality and equity, and celebrates the achievements women have made locally, nationally, and globally.
Movement in the United States
The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February in 1908. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
But the first milestone in US was much earlier – in 1848. Indignant over women being barred from speaking at an anti-slavery convention, Americans Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott congregated a few hundred people at their nation’s first women’s rights convention in New York. Together they demanded civil, social, political, and religious rights for women in a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. A movement was born.
International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
As we know, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and men continue to attempt to control women’s bodies—this shows that the fight for equality and equity is not over. As reproductive justice advocates, we say: we will not give up.
So on this International Women’s Day, we ask everyone to make a commitment to all women around the world to support women, believe in women, and empower women. Together we can speak up for equity and equality.
Today, Women Watch Afrika joins the United Nations and the world at large in placing a special focus on (and a push for) EQUITY
The UN International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity
For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.
Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA. And it is critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.
The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities alone aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
Let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.
On this #InternationalWomensDay, Watch Afrika, Inc. celebrates all women who are focused on making the world a better place, all women who fight for women’s rights, gender equality, and gender equity; and uplifts all the courageous and inspiring refugee, asylee, & immigrant women who never stop believing in a brighter and better tomorrow.
Each one of us can actively support and embrace equity within our own sphere of influence. Let’s start Today!
Happy International Women’s Day!
As an expert in this field, Women Watch Afrika provides trainings as a consultant on numerous issues. For more information on training, guidance, consulting services, and/or information on working with immigrant communities contact Glory Kilanko, Founder and Executive Director, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. at 404-759-6419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Women Watch Afrika:
Women Watch Afrika is a grassroots, nonprofit, international, national, and local social justice organization focused on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls, the promotion of social and economic development and health equity of women, and the acculturation of immigrants and refugees (men and women) arriving to the United States from 23 African nations.
In line with its goal, Women Watch Afrika provides Social Services, Civic Engagement and Voter Registration, Legal Services, Advocacy, Health Education, Legal Education, End Domestic Violence classes, Stop FGM/C workshops, Reproductive Rights Education, Know Your Rights workshops, Citizenship Preparation; and Advocates against unjust, discriminatory laws that affect the community.
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