Monday, March 14, 2016

PLS BBC School News Reporters' Presentation for 8th March-International Women's Day

8th March International Women’s Day

“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”

*The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.

*International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

*Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.


*There are currently 17 countries with women as head of government, head of state, or both, which according to UN, has more than doubled since 2005.

*The number of women owning small and medium-sized businesses is estimated to be between 8 million and 10 million, and although this is still far fewer than that for men owning similar enterprises, numbers are slowly growing.

*In south Asia more than 80% of men and women work in the informal sector, and in sub-Saharan Africa it is 74% of women and 61% of men.

*There are also more women in formal paid work today than at any point in history. They now make up about 40% of the global formal labour force, and 43% of the agricultural labour force, although this varies considerably from country to country.

*The highest positions are even more elusive for women: only seven of 150 elected heads of state in the world are women, and only 11 of 192 heads of government.

*In the private sector, women are on most boards of directors of large companies but their number remains low compared to that for men.


*International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8.

*Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day.
*In some countries, including Afghanistan, China and Russia, International Women’s Day is an official holiday for women.
* In some countries, including Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, the custom is for men to give flowers (or a small gift) to the women in their life, e.g. mother, sister, grandmother, wife, and girlfriend.

*UN-Women Organisation envisages a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030. Step It Up asks governments to make national commitments that will close the gender equality gap – from laws and policies to national action plans and adequate investment.

Now is the time to Step it Up!

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