International Women's Day
On Friday, 8 March 2019 IEUA-QNT members will mark International Women’s Day (IWD), with this year’s theme highlighting the importance of working together to create a better world for women and girls.
Achieving gender equality requires all of our participation.
The promise of the global Sustainable Development Goals hinges on Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Your support this International Women’s Day will help ensure that UN Women can continue its work empowering women and girls to ensure equal opportunities to lead, earn and learn.
Currently more than half a billion women in the world today live in unacceptable conditions of poverty. 1 in 3 women across the globe experience violence.
The number of child brides is now estimated at 650 million.
Women still earn less than men for the same work even when they have the same abilities and experience and they make up just 24% of parliaments across the world.
These statistics are unacceptable.
Collective action needed
The theme for 2019 is More Powerful Together, recognising the important role we all play in creating change.
It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.
It requires all of our participation to create a world where everybody can live a life free from violence and discrimination.
More Powerful Together is a call for all of us to take a stand in unison for gender equality.
Achieving gender equality benefits everybody by reducing social stigma and gender stereotypes that limit the potential of all individuals.
Gendered jobs stifle career opportunities, gendered parenting roles can prevent fathers from taking an active role as a caregiver and gendered emotions can limit the spectrum of feelings we should all be free to express.
On 8 March 2019, our union has endorsed a day of action in support of the Girls Uniform Agenda, where we ask our members (where appropriate and allowed) to wear pants to work as we campaign for equality for all young women in our schools by allowing them the option to wear pants to school.
Photos of Chapters taking part in the action should be sent through to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in IEUA-QNT publications and social media.
For more information on IWD 2019 and other ways to be part of creating equality for all, visit https://unwomen.org.au/
To learn about the Girls Uniform Agenda, visit: http://girlsuniformagenda.org/