Each year on March 8, International Women's Day is celebrated to acknowledge the economic, social and political achievements of women in the faces that they have faced. The theme of IWD 2012 is Women's Economic Empowerment. This is to raise awareness that gender inclusion, as well as the world's growth and prosperity, depends on the ability of women to gain access to quality education meaningful employment and other resources.
- Among the 1.4 billion people living on just over a dollar a day, 70% are women
- Women do two-thirds of the world's work but only earn 10% of the world's income
- Women produce half of the world's food but own only 1% of the world's land
- Out of the 100million adults who can't read or write, two-thirds are women
There are people out there right now at morning teas, lunches, exhibitions and seminars on women's issues - so join them! Celebrate the vital role that the woman/women in your life play. Whether it be at a family, local community, national or international level, each of them is special. Take some time to reflect on what they have done and what they have achieved, as well as help to promote and work towards gender equality in both developing and developed nations.