ICW-CIF Statement International Women's Day

The International Council of Women heeft op 8 maart 2017, Internationale Vrouwendag, een verklaring uitgebracht over 'Women in the Changing World of Work'.

Statement in recognition of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017

The International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) enthusiastically supports the theme of this year's International Women’s Day (IWD) as set out by UN Women, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” ICW-CIF unwaveringly reaffirms its commitment to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women. We believe in gender equality in all spheres of life, and view a balanced and comprehensive approach to be the best path leading to the empowerment of women.


ICW-CIF applauds the Commission on the Status of Women for its outstanding work on identifying comprehensive policies and measures to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the changing workplace. Clearly, women’s economic empowerment is an essential component leading to true gender equality.


Through its affiliated Councils the ICW-CIF works to:


1. Appeal to Governments which have not yet mustered the political will to establish gender equality commissions, to do so expeditiously in order to accelerate the achievement of gender equality in their respective countries.


2. Encourage both private and public sectors to adopt initiatives that increase the number of women in leadership positions on boards, in executive management positions and within the higher echelons of civil society. Such leadership is extremely important in the process of transforming the workplace and the socio-cultural environment for the achievement of women’s empowerment and equality.


3. Ensure that women of all ages, paying special attention to rural, migrant and indigenous women, enjoy the same opportunities as their male counterparts in obtaining quality education and training. Such training should equip them with the technical skills necessary to compete for employment with men and to be successful in a changing workplace.


4. Ensure parity in wages: “Equal pay for equal work”.


5. Finally, it is incumbent upon Governments to adopt policies that eliminate gender-based violence. Employers should be compelled to provide a swift and just response to all forms of violence inflicted upon women in the workplace, thereby removing an impediment to women’s employment while creating a safer and more productive workplace.


We strongly encourage governments everywhere to pick up the gauntlet and exercise the political will needed, through legislation, through adoption of a wide variety of policies and measures and through budgetary appropriation to promote women’s economic empowerment. This will contribute substantially to gender equality in society. It will also stimulate greater economic growth and sustainable development for the benefit of all. In doing so it will help to ensure nobody, particularly women, are left behind. Only with full gender equality can we progress toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.

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