8th March 2023, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Join us for an online Zoom event to mark this year’s International Women’s Day!
In this session we will…
- Learn the history of this day and why it needs to be celebrated
- Cover some key facts and figures about inequalities women are currently facing
- Offer the opportunity for small group discussions in breakout rooms to go over these topics in more depth
This event is 18+ and people of all genders are welcome and encouraged to take part, share their story, or just listen!
Women make up approximately half of the world’s population yet research has found that there is a significant disparity in opportunities to help women flourish in their lives and communities. This can have significant impacts. Here are some facts from UN Women that helps us begin to understand the gaps:
- Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people (Source: UN Women)
- In most countries, women in rural areas who work for wages are more likely than men to hold seasonal, part-time and low-wage jobs. Women also receive lower wages for the same work. (Source: FAO, 2011. “The State of Food and Agriculture: Women in Agriculture, Closing the Gender Gap for Development.)
- Rural women’s deficits in education have long-term implications for family well-being and poverty reduction. Vast improvements have been seen in the mortality rates of children less than 5 years old since 1990, but rural rates are usually much higher than urban ones. (Source: UN Women)
- Gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty: it is estimated that 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls. (Source: WFP Gender Policy and Strategy.)
Join us on International Women’s Day and be part of our conversation focused on understanding and change.
This event is hosted by Initiatives of Change UK and led by Creators of Peace UK, with support from other initiatives and programmes.