International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Date posted: March 8, 2016

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and to reflect on the steps that still need to be taken to achieve gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights.

Canada’s theme this year is “Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality”. Empowerment is essential to gender equality. Women and girls who are empowered are better equipped to fulfill their potential and contribute their best to society.  And, literacy contributes to empowerment.

The following image from the Canadian Women’s Foundation outlines some of the gains Canadian women have made. To see the full-sized complete list, including goals yet to be achieved, click here.

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To see how literacy is helping to reduce gender disparities globally, read Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes,  a new collection of case studies of promising literacy programs to empower women.

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