Statement by Min. Olivia Grange in Observance of Int'l Women's Day

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On International Women's Day, the United Nations and the world, join in the commemoration of this significant event.

On Wednesday night, over 30 buildings worldwide lit up in honor of International Women's Day.

Guterres, however, regretted that over the next decade millions more girls would undergo genital mutilation and women's representation in parliaments stood at less than one quarter - and even lower in boardrooms. And that is what I want.

"More women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in global organisations, including the United Nations", he said.

"Power is at the heart of the matter".

Enjoy as she tells us what the opportunity to do a job that is traditionally male-dominated in Nigeria means to her. The companies are expected to identify challenges facing women in the workplace and share recommendations about how to solve them. Women's participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous, he said.

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The project, endorsed by the IOC executive board last month, covers areas including sport, portrayal, funding, governance and human resources and aims to create a roadmap to advance gender equality within and beyond the Olympic movement.

The UN said the activism and advocacy of women from generations were now bearing fruits, adding "time is now" to transform global push for women's rights into action.

"In cognisance of the fact that 80 percent of Zimbabwean women reside in rural areas this year we have taken a paradigm shift and have made a decision to take International Women's Day to the rural women for them to understand and appreciate the importance of the commemorations", she said.

He pledged his determination to achieve gender parity throughout the United Nations.

This year it was celebrated against the backdrop of loud and impactful conversations on how to bridge the gender gap on income and ending sexual harassment.

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