International Women’s Day 2019 - ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’

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08 March 2019
International Women’s Day 2019 - ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’
The theme for the International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. It focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind. From urban planning that focuses on community safety to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to women and girls, affordable and quality childcare centres, and technology shaped by women, innovation can take the race for gender equality to its finishing line by 2030.

It begins with making sure that women’s and girls' needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations. It means building smart solutions that go beyond acknowledging the gender gaps to addressing the needs of men and women equally. And ultimately, it needs innovations that disrupt business as usual, paying attention to how and by whom technology is used and accessed, and ensuring that women and girls play a decisive role in emerging industries.

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. 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.

 The Lebanese trapshooter Ray Bassil says “Using my passion as weapon and my confidence as a bullet, I fire my way every day in an environment, that no so long ago was strictly for men, and now; I can proudly say, that my success and my voice has encouraged other Arab nations to allow women to take part and compete in this sport".