Happy International Women’s Day! Since the 1970s, the United Nations has been celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th to honor the achievements of women all around the world as well as to raise awareness about how women still face many unjust challenges simply because they are women.
This year, the theme of the day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030,” which is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs include numerous goals related to reducing gender inequality (in addition to other issues) that all the countries of the world have committed to achieving by 2030.
Check out these three inspiring videos related to International Women’s Day. The first one gives some statistics about the current status of women and girls around the world and the challenges that many still face today. It then shows how the SDGs will hopefully improve the situation of women and girls around the world by 2030.
The second video celebrates the working women of the world, especially since not long ago, it was rare to find women in the workforce. It also highlights some of the many inventions and innovations women have pioneered over the years.
The third video, on the homepage of Google today, celebrates the women engineers, educators, leaders, movers and shakers of tomorrow. Google visited 13 cities around the world (San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Lagos, Moscow, Cairo, Berlin, London, Paris, Jakarta, Bangkok, New Delhi, and Tokyo) and asked 337 girls and women to complete the sentence “One Day I Will…” Then, they made this video.
Today, try to find a time to show your appreciation for the women and girls who have inspired you and influenced your life!