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Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/7/2019 1:23:41 PM IST

 We have been talking about equality amongst men or women. But over the years it has been seen that lots need to do to make equality in true senses. Sustainable Development Goals or agenda 2030 says that by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education; by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education and it also says end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Other key points related to women in agenda 2030 includes -eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation and to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

There are many initiatives and programme going on around the world. One of the global event which is important is International Women’s Day (IWD) which is observed on 8th March. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to 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 day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. IWD first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

The 2019 theme ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN’s efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

“Let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone,” said by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres on his message on the occasion of IWD. 

“Women and girls must have opportunities to contribute to making real change, and help shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact their lives. As we have seen from recent marches for climate action in Europe and elsewhere—they are ready to do so,” said by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She also added that “when we put the focus on those who are least heard, and least visible—whether individuals, or those hundreds of millions of informal sector workers who currently have little or no presence in official planning, or financial protection that will sustain them in ill-heath, child care or older age—we are tackling some of the deepest-reaching social problems and can make the progress we want to see.”

For brining equality we have to start thinking equal in mind. It is easy to say but brining equality is still a challenge. Lots of innovation needed and all of us must think smart and solution and ways to bring equality. Let there be equal participation in all level. All of must act smart and participate in brining equality amongst boys and girls and amongst men and women. Together we can make a difference and let’s take up the challenge to achieve SDGs and make equality a reality. (With direct inputs from UN publication and feedback may be sent to bkranjan@gmail.com) 

Ranjan K Baruah

Launched on December 3,1990. Nagaland Post is the first and highest circulated newspaper of Nagaland state. Nagaland Post is also the first newspaper in Nagaland to be published in multi-colour.

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