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Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by robosky02(m): 8:56am On Mar 08, 2016
International Women's Day 2016: What is it and why was it set up?


International Women's Day has marked the plight and achievements of women for more than a century – but is now looking ahead another 15 years to the world's gender equality goals.

Themed this year around "Planet 50-50 by 2030", the United Nations-backed event will be celebrating women's rights in more than 40 countries.

It will look at how to ensure the 2030 Agenda - which positions women's empowerment as at the centre of global sustainability plans - can be concretely achieved over the coming years.

Yet the idea itself dates back more than 100 years, and has had various reasons for becoming the established celebration that it is today.

1. When was it first set up?
Socialists first put forward the idea of advancing women's suffrage through a day to mark women's enormous contribution to humankind.

An annual "international women's day" was first organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911.

The event was marked by more than one million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, with hundreds of demonstrations across the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Turkish women shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Ankara, on March 8, 2015.

2. Why was it set up?
When it first began, women were demanding that they be given the right to vote - which they received in Britain in 1918 but just last year in Saudi Arabia - to hold public office and to be given equal employment rights as men.

Today, when only a fifth of parliamentary seats are held by women and only 19 heads of state out of a possible 196 are women - only seven more women than 20 years ago - there is much progress still to be made.

The number of female cabinet ministers has at least tripled between 1994 and 2014 - but remains low compared to men, at only 17 per cent.


The proportion of women who hold political representation roles compared to men
Women are also predicted to face another 118-year wait for the gender pay gap to close, with only 55 of the 500 richest people in the world being women.


3. What is this year's International Women's Day focusing on?
The United Nations first began celebrating the day on 8 March in 1975, and each year has given focus to women's status around the globe.

The current goals fit in with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They follow on from an event hosted by UN Women and the People's Republic of China for global leaders to commit to action on women's empowerment and access to capital.


Women make up just 55 of the 500 richest people in the world
The new agenda, which is meant to build on the unfulfilled Milennium Development Goals, has a stand-alone goal just for the empowerment of women and girls as a core means of tackling economic underperformance, global overpopulation and poverty worldwide.

It also celebrates the achievements of women throughout history.

In some countries, the day is a national holiday and sisters, grandmothers, mothers, women and partners are given presents to mark it.


4. Is it still needed?
Aside from the older motivations surrounding political office and the pay gap, there is also increasing awareness of the disproportionate amount of abuse women suffer at the hands of others.

An estimated 120 million girls and women under the age of 20 have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts - around 10 per cent.


The proportion of women or girls under 20 who are known to have been forced into sexual activity - with the majority going unreported
A huge majority of cases, which often involved partners and relatives, also go unreported - and convictions for rape remain very low in Britain alone.

More than a third of women worldwide have also experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, with this being most common between a woman's teenage years and menopause.

Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of a billion more women are in the global workforce today than a decade ago, but they are only earning what men did in 2006, according to the World Economic Forum.

And one in 10 married women are not consulted by their husbands on how their own cash earnings will be spent.



5. What does the United Nations say about International Women's Day?

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, said he had been on a personal campaign to promote women and ensure their democratic representation in parliaments across the world.

“We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards,” he said.

“Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers.”


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/international-womens-day-2016-what-when-is-it-why-was-it-set-up-a6917341.html

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by robosky02(m): 9:04am On Mar 08, 2016
The world's 15 most powerful women in 2015



1/15 Angela Merkel - German Chancellor German Chancellor Angela Merkel has retained her number one ranking for topping this year’s Forbes list for the fifth consecutive year and ten times in total.

2/15 Hillary Clinton - Presidential candidate, United States Clinton, who could become the world’s most powerful leader in 2016, has been featured on the list every year since it launched in 2014.

3/15 Melinda Gates - Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates has cemented her dominance in philanthropy and global development to the tune of $3.9 billion in giving in 2014 and more than $33 billion in grant payments since she founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 2000.

4/15 Janet Yellen - Chair, Federal Reserve, Washington, United States Janet Yellen made history in 2014 when she became the first female head of the Federal Reserve.

5/15 Marry Barra - CEO of General Motors Mary Barra made history by becoming the first female CEO of General Motors.

6/15 Christina Lagarde - Managing director, International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde is entering the last year of her first term heading the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the organisation which serves as economic advisor and backstop for 188 countries. Under Lagarde the IMF has supported efforts to increase female labor force participation as way to reduce poverty and inequality. The UK, Germany, China, France and Korea have endorsed Christine Lagarde for another term as the head of the IMF.

7/15 Dilma Rousseff - President, Brazil Dilma Rousseff, who has been elected in 2010, is Brazil's first female president.

8/15 Sheryl Sandberg - COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of bestseller “Lean In,” joined the company in 2008 and became the first woman on its board four years later. Sandberg helped the social network go public and expand digital revenue.

9/15 Susan Wojcicki - CEO of Youtube Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by over a billion people across the globe. She oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development.

10/15 Michelle Obama - First lady, United States Michelle Obama, the 44th first lady of the United States has focused her attention on issues such as the support of military families, helping working women balance career and family and encouraging national service.

11/15 Park Geun-hye - President, South Korea Park Geun-hye is the first female leader of a country that has the highest level of gender inequality in the developed world. In her inauguration speech, she promised to prioritise both national security and economic revitalisation.

12/15 Oprah Winfrey - Actress, Director/Producer, Entrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, a former queen of daytime TV has proven she can thrive without a talkshow. Her 'The Life You Want' tour sold out stadiums from Newark to Seattle in 2014.

13/15 Ginni Rometty - CEO of IBM Ginni Rometty joined IBM in 1981 and later became the first woman to lead the company.

14/15 Meg Whitman - CEO of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman is the only woman to have headed two large U.S. public companies: eBay and Hewlett-Packard.Until Marissa Mayer's arrival at Yahoo, she was the only female head of a leading Internet-based company.

15/15 Indra Nooyi - CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi leads one of the world’s largest convenient food and beverage companies, with 2008 annual revenues of more than $43 billion.

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by lonelydora: 11:35am On Mar 08, 2016
This gender Equality thing is the main reason behind the many divorce cases around the world. We Africans were supposed to say a very big NO to it, but we decided to follow blindly on what we are not used to.


Even though I help wifey with some house chores at home, but that doesn't mean its part of my job as a man because of the yeye equality thing.

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Nobody: 11:36am On Mar 08, 2016
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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by AdaNri1(f): 11:36am On Mar 08, 2016
When is it men's own

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Pavore9: 11:37am On Mar 08, 2016
To highlight issues affecting women. lt is shocking to note that lack of access to safe toilet for millions of women in lndia account for a good number of rape cases. There are places where menstruation is the reason why girls drop out of school.

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by thefakestan: 11:38am On Mar 08, 2016
Year 8mata






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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by seunny4lif(m): 11:38am On Mar 08, 2016
My mama no dey there op angry
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Integrityfarms(m): 11:40am On Mar 08, 2016
There is nothing like gender equality. The earlier women starts to get this into their skull the better will this world be. This is a mans world!
All that's required of a woman is to submit under a man and be well behaved while pursuing her careers and goals while we the men should handle them with sensitivity and care.
#caseclosed

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by adorablepepple(f): 11:40am On Mar 08, 2016
You see majority of men who are illiterate,and those who are literate that passed through school but refused school to pass through them, are major problems the society face. Respect is reciprocal meaning if you respect a woman you will get more than her respect, she will be submissive.
A woman is not meant to be treated like a slave,these days submission has become slavery. I read somewhere recently Where a 70 year old man used his walking stick on his old wife and I began to Imagine What that woman would have suffered in the hands of that man all in the name of submission. Whether you like it or not Women are taking over. A woman who maintains the home front should not be limited to the home alone but should be allowed to go further to impact lives,the economy and the nation. And making reference to the Bible it says wife submit to your husband and husband love your wife. Men this days marry Women and think they did her a favour. No more love and you expect her to be submissive
GIVE A WOMAN A CHANCE TODAY

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by sonssyo: 11:40am On Mar 08, 2016
am very proud to be a woman
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Lilchilz(m): 11:44am On Mar 08, 2016
WOMAN

● changes her name

● changes her home

● leaves her family

● moves in with you

● builds a home with you

● gets pregnant for you

● pregnancy changes her body

● she gets fat

● almost gives up in the labour room due to the unbearable pain of child birth

● even the kids she delivers bear your name

Till the day she dies... everything she does... cooking, cleaning your house, taking care of your parents, bringing up your children, earning, advising you, ensuring you can be relaxed, maintaining all family relations, everything that benefit you..... sometimes at the cost of her own health, hobbies and beauty.

So who is really doing whom a favour?

Dear men, appreciate the women in your lives always, because it is not easy to be a woman.

*Being a woman is priceless*


Rock the world ladies!

A salute to ladies!

WOMAN MEANS :-

W ➖ WONDERFUL MOTHER
O ➖ OUTSTANDING FRIEND
M ➖ MARVELLOUS DAUGHTER
A ➖ ADORABLE SISTER
N ➖ NICEST GIFT TO MEN FROM GOD

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Okemmuo(m): 11:45am On Mar 08, 2016
#seen..
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Nobody: 11:49am On Mar 08, 2016
I love you women including our house girl who always say to me each time I want to pour hot water to my coffee, 'let me do it sir'. I always feel like I am the owner of the house(my bro).

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by verite: 11:55am On Mar 08, 2016
Happy celebration to all women of honour. We appreciate you all

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by refiner(f): 11:55am On Mar 08, 2016
grin....

Buh I fink dis is one of d reasons why our marriages don't last anymore!....it has eaten deep into d fabrics of marriage!...women trying to rub shoulders wif d male!....


infact I don't know if I should support dis movement or not!undecided

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Gerrard59(m): 11:56am On Mar 08, 2016
Gender equality is the way to go. When men and women are treated equally and not based on their gender/sex.

However, women nay girls need to be more assertive and participating. For instance, my department had its election and no lady turned up as an aspirant, and this is a department that has a high preponderance of females.

Nonetheless, the fight for equality is a long one and won't be won anytime soon we should still fight on.

Proud to be a feminist.

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by hob(m): 11:57am On Mar 08, 2016
Happy International Women's Day
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by YelloweWest: 11:58am On Mar 08, 2016
lonelydora:
This gender Equality thing is the main reason behind the many divorce cases around the world. We Africans were supposed to say a very big NO to it, but we decided to follow blindly on what we are not used to.


Even though I help wifey with some house chores at home, but that doesn't mean its part of my job as a man because of the yeye equality thing.

Non gender equality is the main reason Africa still remains under developed! Cos that what happens when half of the populace is uneducated and non productive.

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by verite: 11:59am On Mar 08, 2016
Woman, the greatest gift to man

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by YelloweWest: 11:59am On Mar 08, 2016
Lilchilz:
WOMAN

● changes her name

● changes her home

● leaves her family

● moves in with you

● builds a home with you

● gets pregnant for you

● pregnancy changes her body

● she gets fat

● almost gives up in the labour room due to the unbearable pain of child birth

● even the kids she delivers bear your name

Till the day she dies... everything she does... cooking, cleaning your house, taking care of your parents, bringing up your children, earning, advising you, ensuring you can be relaxed, maintaining all family relations, everything that benefit you..... sometimes at the cost of her own health, hobbies and beauty.

So who is really doing whom a favour?

Dear men, appreciate the women in your lives always, because it is not easy to be a woman.

*Being a woman is priceless*


Rock the world ladies!

A salute to ladies!

WOMAN MEANS :-

W ➖ WONDERFUL MOTHER
O ➖ OUTSTANDING FRIEND
M ➖ MARVELLOUS DAUGHTER
A ➖ ADORABLE SISTER
N ➖ NICEST GIFT TO MEN FROM GOD

God bless you for appreciating women. May God grant you great women. Wife daughter mother sister etc..

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by YelloweWest: 12:03pm On Mar 08, 2016
Vig86:
I love you women including our house girl who always say to me each time I want to pour hot water to my coffee, 'let me do it sir'. I always feel like I am the owner of the house(my bro).

Love her like u love a sister o hehehe
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by YelloweWest: 12:05pm On Mar 08, 2016
Integrityfarms:
There is nothing like gender equality. The earlier women starts to get this into their skull the better will this world be. This is a mans world!
All that's required of a woman is to submit under a man and be well behaved while pursuing her careers and goals while we the men should handle them with sensitivity and care.
#caseclosed

Submit to my husband yes. But not to every man!
Every other man is an equal

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by BUAR(m): 12:07pm On Mar 08, 2016
Hehehe
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by ikombe: 12:08pm On Mar 08, 2016
Even small gals go come here dey claim woman undecided

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Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by assana: 12:08pm On Mar 08, 2016
oya question and answer time grin
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Nobody: 12:12pm On Mar 08, 2016
YelloweWest:


Love her like u love a sister o hehehe
Nooo, she is more like a daughter and very much innocent, but she can touch any pot no matter how hot it is.
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by oloyede252(m): 12:25pm On Mar 08, 2016
YelloweWest:


Non gender equality is the main reason Africa still remains under developed! Cos that what happens when half of the populace is uneducated and non productive.
happy international women day..but do you actually believe gender inequality is the reason why africa is stil a developing country
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by teasel: 12:34pm On Mar 08, 2016
Yeah Yeah....
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by Noblebrown7(m): 12:37pm On Mar 08, 2016
Alright
Re: Today Is International Women's Day 2016: What Is It And Why Was It Set Up? by lezz(m): 12:44pm On Mar 08, 2016
YelloweWest:


Non gender equality is the main reason Africa still remains under developed! Cos that what happens when half of the populace is uneducated and non productive.
Women only began entering the workforce in Europe during WW2 and the development gap between Africa and Europe is wider then than it is today.

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