International Women’s Day
This Friday, March 8th, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day! Despite making massive strides in the fight for equality, there is still a lot to be done in the movement toward a world that not only values, but celebrates the lives and contributions of women everywhere. In the 2018 midterm elections, the United States elected a record 117 women to Congress, contributing to a total of 127 women out of 535 total seats. Women make up about 50% of the United States population, so a truly representative Congress would have at least 260 women serving. It takes time to create lasting change!
The first Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 right here in New York. In 1977, the United Nations officially declared March 8th International Women’s Day, a day for women’s rights and world peace. Each year since, the United Nations has announced a theme or mission for that year’s celebration. This year the theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which focuses on innovative ways to empower women and promote gender equality, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
Here at Nino de la Caridad Foundation, we value the contributions of women’s leadership and recognize the importance of the fight for equality. We seek to empower all women by providing access to resources and opportunities for personal, academic, and professional development!