This month on the Well Woman Show, we celebrate International Women's Day as well as Women's History Month. The theme of the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, recognizing and celebrating the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. The observance will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities, and it will also spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online gender-based violence.
At the IWD commemoration event held at UN headquarters in New York, UN and Member States representatives, technologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, youth, and gender equality activists celebrated the women and girls who are championing the advancement of technology and innovation and their potential as a transformative mechanism for achieving gender equality. The annual event also addressed the existing gaps for women and girls in accessing digital spaces and skills, as well as the dangers they face from online violence.
According to UN Women, gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.
The social and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even bleaker. Progress in many areas, including time spent on unpaid care and domestic work, decision-making regarding sexual and reproductive health, and gender-responsive budgeting, is falling behind.
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