Happy Thankful Thursday dreamers!
This week, I am grateful for International Women’s Day and the attention this day brings to women’s empowerment throughout the world.
This year, International Women’s Day (IWD) will be marked globally on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Celebrate progress, evaluate gaps that impede gender equality
In honor of International Women’s Day, the African Development Bank will be honoring the International Women’s Day with the theme
“Empowering Women – Empowering Economies: Make it Happen!”
Doesn’t this sound like something I’d say?
The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member African countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.
For International Women’s Day, the bank will be emphasizing how gender equality, women’s empowerment, women’s full enjoyment of human rights, and the eradication of poverty are essential to socio-economic development in developing nations.
It also stresses the vital role women play as agents of development.
As the Bank joins the international community in marking this day, it is critical to evaluate gaps that still remain in making gender equality a reality. The Bank will soon launch the first Africa Gender Equality Index 2015 that highlights gender disparities in 52 out of this continent’s 54 countries.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made for women’s empowerment throughout all countries, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities in Africa.
Empowering Women – Empowering Economies: Make it Happen!
The “Empowering Women – Empowering Economies: Make it Happen!” theme sets the stage for the African Development Bank to assess its contribution to women across different sectors of development, with a firm belief that ignoring women, who are half of Africa’s population, is ignoring humanity.
From sanitation, conflict management, water access, infrastructure, to food security, the Bank has invested in life-changing projects that have improved standards of women and girls on the continent and empower them to see that they deserve a better way of life, which benefits everyone.
What will you being doing to celebrate International Women’s Day this year?
What women in your life can you empower to go after their dreams?
Dream on sisters and just pursue it!
Sue Faith Levy
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