Today, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day 2024!

It’s a time to reflect on the remarkable achievements of women throughout history and to recommit to the ongoing fight for gender equality. This day serves as a reminder of the progress made in advancing the rights and opportunities of women globally, while also highlighting the work that still needs to be done to ensure that every woman and girl can live a life free from discrimination and oppression.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #InspireInclusion, a call to action to challenge stereotypes, fight discrimination, and promote gender equality in all aspects of life. It’s a reminder that gender bias is pervasive, often subtle, and can manifest in various forms, from unequal pay and limited access to education and healthcare to gender-based violence and underrepresentation in leadership positions.

One of the most powerful tools in the fight for gender equality is education. When women and girls have access to quality education, they are better equipped to pursue their dreams, contribute to their communities, and break the cycle of poverty. However, millions of girls around the world still face barriers to education, including cultural norms, lack of resources, and early marriage. On this International Women’s Day, let us renew our commitment to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to learn and thrive.

Ending gender-based violence is also paramount to achieving gender equality. No woman or girl should ever have to live in fear of violence or abuse. It is imperative that we work together to challenge harmful attitudes and behaviors, hold perpetrators accountable, and provide support and resources to survivors.

On this International Women’s Day, let us celebrate the achievements of women around the world and honor the tireless efforts of those who have paved the way for progress. But let us also recognise that the journey toward gender equality is far from over. It requires collective action, solidarity, and unwavering commitment from individuals, communities, and governments worldwide.

Together, we can break the bias, empower women and girls, and build a more just and equal world for all. Happy International Women’s Day!