Political will and gender equality

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The world's top female athletes on Thursday took to Twitter to celebrate International Women's Day, spreading positivity and sharing stories of perseverence over the course of their careers with the hope of igniting support and resistance to women everywhere. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is exclusively responsible for International Women's Day. This must change. Women are critical to economic growth and global stability.

International Women's Day is more than a date for self-congratulations on past achievements; it is a date for men and women in the state of SC to pledge their commitment to change and promote gender equality. If you're out there marching already, great!

"Women should be represented in every type of business", Morgan Kelly, taproom manager at Blue Owl Brewing, said.

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We are fortunate at this time to have a distinguished woman serving as our International Director; Lion Nicolin has broken the glass ceiling for our women and we salute her or laying the path for the future aspiring ladies. When institutions and people talk about empowerment and development, rural women are forgotten, yet they play a pivotal role in ensuring that the activism and voices are counted and heard when it mattered the most. Far too many societies still deprive women of their human rights, discriminate based upon sex, pose obstacles to women's ability to contribute to economic development, or fail to uphold the laws meant to protect them. Sexual harassment, violence, human rights violation and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. Many have also used the day to further draw attention to the wage gap, while others protested photoshopping and unrealistic standards for women created by society. "We actually have the power to do that now with social media".

International Women's day has occurred every 8 March since the early 1900's and celebrates women's achievements, whilst also calling for gender equality.

"Gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women harm us all", added the United Nations chief, noting overwhelming evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and countries. We need to realise that gender equality is no longer relative, but must be absolute.