#HerDay2015: Be Part of the Conversation Making Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - International Women’s Day, 8 March, is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s United Nation’s theme on International Women’s Day is “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!", which envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, from participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination. However, sadly, for far too many women and girls living in the developing world, they face overwhelming odds from the day they are born.

Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from poverty. Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation. Yet, in spite of solid evidence demonstrating the need to empower women to reduce poverty, promote development and address the world’s most urgent challenges, it remains an unfulfilled promise.

Many are still living in abject poverty, and no single charity or organisation is large enough to combat the challenges these women and girls live with on their own. Now, for this International Women’s Day, the UN Global Compact brings together four highly respected and influential international organisations to focus on helping women and girls around the world so that donations can have an immediate impact. Together, 3BL Media, Global Impact and their charity partners—CARE, World Vision, Plan USA and International Centre for Research on Women—will be collectively discussing the hardships women and girls face worldwide using #HerDay2015.

This is a two-week-long powerful conversation on Twitter that started on 1 March with a wide range of topics relating to women and girls from job skills training to maternal health, and early childhood care to micro lending, safe drinking water, protection from violence and rehabilitation for those who have been victimized to vaccinations and life-saving drugs, school enrolment and attendance programs to women’s empowerment. This is an opportunity for people to engage and share their stories, insights and questions.

By creating a global conversation in real time, we can hopefully help to empower these women in the developing world and support initiatives that are improving their situation. We all need to help expand the choices of these neglected women and girls.

Photo Credit: Care