• O.G. Wright

Why do we still celebrate int’l women’s day?

Every March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women while campaigning for greater progress towards gender equality.

It’s annually celebrated since the early 1900s and although there has been progress over the last decades, gender equality still persists around the world.

This year’s theme is #PressforProgress. The website says: “We cannot be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender equality. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

Here in the UAE, it is also celebrated by the pillars of the country. Women, mostly Emiratis, are praised by the leaders of the country.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan strongly supported and empowered women to take their rightful place in the country’s economic development and to join men in working to advance the country.

“Women are the sisters of men, and there is no difference between them, as they are partners in the nation’s advancement and prosperity,” Al Zayed always said.

Meanwhile, the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was quoted as saying in a local report that women are considered as a key part of the Emirati community and that they are men’s partners in all areas of work.

For his part, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the Emirate has already surpassed the stage of women’s empowerment.

“We have surpassed the stage of women’s empowerment, as we empower the community through women, and empower our economy by strengthening their role, and develop our government services when they take on leadership positions. The presence of women in these sectors is the logical result of the education received by our university graduates, 70 percent of whom are female,” he added.

Dating back to 2014, the country placed first in the Arab region in empowering women to reach leadership positions and have effective parliamentary participation.

Girls, post your selfie at work with #PressforProgress hashtag and show ‘em how powerful the women in today’s era.

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