Celebrating International Women’s Day (2021)
By admin March 8, 2021

International Women's Day illustration -- four women holding arms up

Courtesy: IWD

In marking International Women’s Day (2021), The Bassiouni Group honors girls and women all around the world and restates its commitment to a world where women and girls, everywhere, must have equal rights and opportunity, and are able to live free of violence and discrimination. This past year has been difficult, and it was particularly challenging for women around the world as millions of doctors, nurses and small-business owners found themselves at the frontlines of the pandemic while also taking on greater responsibilities at home. There is no doubt that gender equality and gender equity must be central part of the post-pandemic recovery. The Bassiouni Group remains fully committed to doing its part to achieve a just and equitable world in which women and girls everywhere can thrive and succeed.

We join IWD in celebrating this year’s theme “Choose to Challenge” (#ChoosetoChallenge), which asks everyone to pledge their support to create a challenged world where girls and women can thrive: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

We also join the United Nations in celebrating this year’s theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World,” which recognizes the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.” As UN Women notes:

  • “Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in of all areas of life drives progress for everyone. Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General’s recent report. Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 per cent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.”
  • “Women are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line and health sector workers, as scientists, doctors and caregivers, yet they get paid 11 per cent less globally than their male counterparts. An analysis of COVID-19 task teams from 87 countries found only 3.5 per cent of them had gender parity.
  • When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women. And women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements online and on the streets for social justice, climate change and equality in all parts of the world. Yet, women under 30 are less than 1 per cent of parliamentarians worldwide.”

Finally, we want to this moment to recognize African-American women who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Yet they made and continue to make incredible contributions — individually and collectively — to this country. From their tireless efforts on the frontlines to mobilizing millions of voters to leading in the Arts, Business and Politics, African-American women continue to inspire and uplift the country.

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