Helping women thrive and transform in the changing world of work
8 MARCH 2017 | GLOBAL
On International Women’s Day, PMNCH joins partners worldwide to recognize the role of “Women in the Changing World of Work“, celebrate how far we have come in achieving gender equality and empowerment, while acknowledging the work that still needs to be done to realize the key targets of the 2030 Agenda on equality, inclusivity and empowerment.
We know that when women are given an equal chance to participate fully in work, opportunities bloom and communities thrive. Yet women at work still face discrimination, poorer wages in comparison to men, violence, regular infringement on their rights and ability to make decisions that affect them, their future and inevitably, the ability to realize their full potential.
The facts are not pretty.
The number of women in the workforce is far behind that of men. Gender inequalities have also concentrated women at the bottom of the global value chain — in the lowest paid jobs, in piece-rate, subcontracted work, and insecure forms of self-employment, with little or no access to decent work and social protection.
Women are more likely to be unemployed than men worldwide, with wide disparities regionally.
Women are concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill work with greater job insecurity and under-represented in decision-making roles and fields such as science and technology
From cooking and cleaning, to fetching water and firewood or taking care of children and the elderly, women bear a disproportionate burden of unpaid work across the world
Women are over-represented among the 73 per cent of the world’s population that has partial or no access to social protection, rendering them more vulnerable to poverty and other inequalities. (Courtesy of UN Women http://bit.ly/2mGTl1r)
This needs to change!
Today, we put the spotlight on our partners around the world as they continue to press for change and raise the volume around issues that need desperate attention if we are to see a world where women thrive and communities transform.
White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)
WRA and its 14 National Alliances will mark International Women’s Day by boldly taking bold action for women:
- A team from WRA Tanzania will begin their ascent to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to tell the whole world that they will not tolerate the rise of maternal mortality.
- WRA Kenya will hold an adolescent and youth forum where citizen voices will call for adequate planning and provision of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services.
- WRA India will formally launch the “What Women Want” campaign, which highlights the voices of women and what quality health care means to them.
- WRA Uganda will engage with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to call upon leaders to "Act Now to End Teenage Pregnancy.”