The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day has been revealed as “Count Her In” by UN Women Australia.
This year’s theme is centred around accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment. The body said that while important progress has been made on gender equality, women still face significant obstacles to achieving equal participation in the economy.
“Increasing women’s economic empowerment is felt across entire communities. Economies grow, children and families prosper, and importantly, women have resources available to leave abusive situations. This is not just an issue for women, it impacts all of us,” said Simone Clarke, CEO, UN Women Australia.
“We need to ensure all women have equal access, capacity and capability to fully participate in the economy. We need to shift behaviours and perceptions that inhibit economic participation and limit investment in women, while we continue to innovate within systems and institutions that often marginalise women.
“Economic empowerment is about removing barriers to financial inclusion and increasing participation, reshaping systems, and improving financial literacy and increased access to capital for all women.
“We must ensure women and girls are given equal opportunity to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead”.
UN Women Australia is hosting a range of events across the country and online where you will be able to hear from leaders who are reshaping the economic systems we live in and removing barriers to help women reach their full potential.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated globally on 8 March next year.
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