Last Thursday was International Women’s Day. For two weeks each year, world leaders come together to discuss the status of women and girls around the world. On March 2nd I joined the Commision on the Status of Women conversation at the UN, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative. The session, called “Keeping Promises and Measuring Results,” focused on accountability taking responsibility and reporting back on what governments and international organizations are doing upholding their commitments to improve the health and lives of women and girls. Speaking from the floor, World YWCA General Secretary and Commissioner Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda made an impassioned plea that women must be a driver not beneficiary of that accountability. “We are tired of dying. We are tired of burying each other on the way to the clinic,” she said, urging greater health access for rural women. Commemorating International Women’s Day means answering that call. It means pushing for education, safe pregnancy, safe labor and delivery, and healthy babies. Every day. As we raise our voices, we create more space for others to be heard—those who don’t have a voice. Yet. What can you do to honor women every day? Take action.
Because every day is International Women's Day.
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