International Women’s Day 2021: Treat Women Kindly

Muawad Mustafa Rashid – Khartoum

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all.

To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made.

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day (8 March), “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.

Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in all areas of life drives progress for everyone.

Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General’s recent report.

Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 per cent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.

Women are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line and health sector workers, as scientists, doctors and caregivers, yet they get paid 11 per cent less globally than their male counterparts.

An analysis of COVID-19 task teams from 87 countries found only 3.5 percent of them had gender parity.

When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women.
Women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements online and on the streets for social justice, climate change and equality in all parts of the world.

Yet, women under 30 are less than 1 per cent of parliamentarians worldwide.

This is why this year’s International Women’s Day is a rallying cry for Generation Equality, to act for an equal future for all.

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Generation Equality

The Generation Equality Forum, the most important convening for gender equality investment and actions, kicks off in Mexico City from 29 – 31 March, and culminates in Paris in June 2021.

It will draw leaders, visionaries, and activists from around the world safely on a virtual platform, to push for transformative and lasting change for generations to come.

The International Women’s Day is one of the important days to which the UN pays special care.

Over the years, the UN works to provide support to women through four directions i.e. boosting the legal measures, mobilization of the public opinion and international action, training and research, and providing assistance to the vulnerable groups.

Nowadays, the UN action depends on a major organizational principle that recognizes that it is impossible to reach a sustainable solution to the most dangerous social, economic and political problems without the participation of women.

This important reality was not absent from the noble message of Islam as prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) last words were (Treat Women Kindly), a matter that indicates the Islam’s care for women and their value in providing dignified life through participation in all activities.

The International Women’s Day is celebrated this year when women are living a transitional period two years following the fall of the NCP dictatorship.

The reality which the Sudanese women are living in now deserves making the celebrations of the International Women’s Day a continuous, year-round programme so that the transitional government recognizes the big challenges facing the Sudanese women pending urgent dealing with.

It is high time for the transitional government to move swiftly to correct the situations of the Sudanese women to urgent issues, and this could be through improving their living conditions because this is the only way out for the advancement of societies and to save it from the grip of social diseases.

On this memorable day, The International Women’s Day, we remind our government that our prophet Mohammad (PBUP) advised us to (Treat Women Kindly) and the result will, definitely, be in favour of the society and the state.

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