“We can no longer afford to hold back half the world’s population”
– Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women
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March is the month we celebrate women’s history (and rad women in history), beginning with International Women’s Day on March 8th.
In her statement, the Executive Director of UN Women urges women, men, communities, and leaders to get serious about gender equality.
Not sure how to contribute? Find a day-to-day opportunity within these focus areas!
International Women’s Day 2014 Priorities:
EDUCATION: Keeping girls in school longer will empower women to build stronger families, communities and democracies.
Take action: Lend support to a woman trying to finish her degree. Maybe she needs a babysitter tomorrow night.
ECONOMIC$: By advancing equal opportunity and smashing the glass ceiling, we will drive economic growth.
Take action: Look around the conference room – be conscious of how many women are present. Who can you include in the next meeting?
PEACE: By supporting women in leadership positions, we will build a more just, peaceful and secure world.
Take action: Find out who sits on the board of your company, school, church, or city council. Rally around women who support your views.
SUPPORT: By working with men, we will engage in a issue that is a responsibility for everyone.
Take action: Include men in the conversation. Working together we can achieve empowerment, economic growth, and peace.
Oh, by the way
PS: Remember what Eve Ensler said about “the girl cell?” Read more here.