Save the Children Tanzania Celebrates Women's Day

Friday 10 March 2017

In the Save the Children Tanzania office women decided to show solidarity, commitment and enthusiasm for change by dressing all in white during the IWD 2017.


"We want to create awareness on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 and the need of promoting gender equality externally but also within our office premises!" Sharon Kassahun a women representative at Save the Children Head Office said. All male colleagues were encouraged to join in and dress in white to show their commitment to SDG 5 as well.


In a small interview with Sharon, she also talked about Advancing gender equality to all areas of a healthy society.

"But, why should gender equality matter to me? one might ask?", she asked.


"Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reduc­ing poverty to promoting the health, education, pro­tection and the well-be­ing of girls and boys.


Women’s and girls’ empow­erment is essential to expand economic growth and promote social devel­opment. The full partici­pation of women in labor forces would add per­centage points to most national growth rates—double digits in many cases.


·         If you are a woman or a girl, you can address unconscious biases and implicit associations that can form an unintended and often an invisible bar­rier to equal opportunity.

·         If you are a man or a boy, you can work along­side women and girls to achieve gender equality and embrace healthy, respectful relationships."

she concluded.


How did International Women's Day (IWD) Start?


In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin – leader of the 'women's office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. The first IWD was celebrated a year later in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland however on March 19th.  In 1914 International Women's Day was held on March 8, since than the day is celebrated that day throughout the world.


The 8th of March is now a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


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