Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. The International Women’s Day (IWD) brings governments, business organizations, civil society organizations, and all communities together under one theme, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness and to pressure for all actors to ensure equality among men and women and also call to action for accelerating gender equality.

All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights

Article one of the Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with a reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood’.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as ‘a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations’. People around the world, from today onward, get ready to a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UDHR. In this occasion, it is our responsibility to look back on our journey towards today, to assess the successes and failures and to determine a path for the future.

Stand up for Someone’s Rights

Today, we all commemorate the Universal Human Rights Day, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, in 1948. Under the theme of Stand up for Someone’s Rights’, we have given a great opportunity to defend someone’s human rights. As it is expected by the article 29.1 of the UDHR, ‘every one of us have duties towards the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible’, today we need to defend the rights of someone.

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!

Future of the world’s beings relies in the hands of the societies of this world which include men, women, girls and boys. Half of the world today is constituted of women and girls. They are those same women and girls who are controlled by diverse powers; and the same who contribute to create the future of the world. When half of the world population is held back from education, decision making, governance, development, and are denied equality, the world will suffer. The future will be insecure.

This year the International Women’s Day theme of the United Nations, shouts out to the world with the words ‘Empower Women’.

“Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”