International Women's Day: "Planet 50-50 by 2030"
March 8, Kathmandu: International Women's Day is being marked across the globe on Tuesday with the theme, "Planet 50-50 by 2030". The day has marked the plight and achievements of women for more than a century, but is now looking ahead another 15 years to the world's gender equality goals.
Today the United Nations-backed event will be celebrating women's rights in more than 40 countries. And it is a global celebration which aims to inspire women across the world.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to contribute more female police, especially French-speaking women, to serve in UN peace operations.
On this day, scores of leaders and ministers, hundreds parliamentarians and millions of individuals have added their names to the action call, and their tireless efforts have put this struggle at the centre of the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said.
When it first began, women were demanding that they be given the right to vote - which they received in Britain in 1918 but just last year in Saudi Arabia - to hold public office and to be given equal employment rights as men.
Today, when only a fifth of parliamentary seats are held by women and only 19 heads of state out of a possible 196 are women - only seven more women than 20 years ago - there is much progress still to be made.
The number of female cabinet ministers has at least tripled between 1994 and 2014 - but remains low compared to men, at only 17 per cent.
An annual "international women's day" was first organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911.
The event was marked by more than one million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, with hundreds of demonstrations across the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The Oslo Times