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IWD 2017: Women’s rights are human rights – Guterres

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General, António Guterres, while celebrating the International Women’s Day (IWD), emphasises that empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realise their full potential Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are ...

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IWD 2017: Women must be part of digital revolution – Mlambo-Ngcuka


UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on International Women’s Day (IWD), says that if women are to compete successfully for high-paying ‘new collar’ jobs, they need to, among others, be part of the digital revolution Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities – typically more than double the time spent by men ...

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IWD 2017: Women must exercise their freedoms – Bokova


Irina Bokova, Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in a speech to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD), insists that, just as men do, women must exercise their freedoms and be able to make their own choices, control their own bodies and their own lives, and take part in the decisions that set the course ...

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International Women’s Day: Stakeholders advocate for women, girls’ empowerment


In the light of the 2017 International Women’s Day, Executive Secretary, Youth Empowerment Foundation, Mrs Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, has said that women are overburdened in running the day-to-day affairs of their homes and urgent solution is required to turn things around. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day campaign, “BeBoldForChange”, is a call to the masses and the women to help ...

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Oxfam seeks easy access to land for women farmers


Towards ensuring that women in rural areas are empowered particularly in the area of agriculture, an international organisation committed to the eradication of poverty, Oxfam, has said that it will engage Nigerian government and businesses to provide secured access to land for smallholder female farmers. Oxfam lamented that such women often do most of the work on the land but ...

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IWD 2016: Hygienic toilets will keep girls in school, says WaterAid

A school toilet for girls

As the world celebrates the International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, WaterAid is calling for water, sanitation and handwashing facilities with soap in schools, describing these as essential to gender equality. According to the organisation, one in three schoolgirls around the world do not have access to safe, private toilets at school, a situation that increases the likelihood that ...

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Women’s rights and Liberia’s landmark land law reform

The percentage of land owned by women is disproportionately small considering their crucial contribution to agriculture and especially the food security of households and communities. The existing gender inequality in access to and control over natural resources is regarded as an obstacle to their sustainable management and to sustainable development in general. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that ...

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