The global theme for International Women’s Day 2021, March 8, is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”
It is a day to recognize the achievements of women and girls all over the world, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Women stand on the front lines as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and leaders in their community.
In 1911, when IWD was established, only eight countries allowed women to vote and equal work for equal pay was unheard of, if they were allowed to work at all, and reproductive rights were non-existent, according to the IWDA.
Women are now leading countries and running corporations, but there are many places all over the world, where women’s rights are not equal.
Throughout the pandemic, more women than men have been diagnosed and died from COVID-19, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, and a reason could be because of the higher number of women who work on the front line or live in nursing homes and seniors residences.
The risk of gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving and housework and reduced access to support services were increased for women when it came to isolation measures imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.
In Williams Lake so many women in the community represent us in local government, support us in the hospital, medical and dental clinics and head up restaurants and cafés, pharmacies, grocery stores and so many more small and large businesses around town.
Don’t forget about the young women in school, who will be the future leaders, healers, fixers and innovators of our community, and our world.
More and more, we close the gap in gender disparities in sports, business, education and health care, but there is still much more to be done.
-Black Press Media