Press Statement for International Women’s Day 2021

The 8th of March 2021, marks this year’s commemorations of the International Women’s Day (IWD) whose theme is #ChooseToChallenge and highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.

The Commission thus joins the world in celebrating various milestone achievements registered by women’s movements towards creating a more inclusive as women and girls continue to demand their rights against a backdrop of inequality, discrimination and harassment. Key
demands are for socio-economic, civil and political rights. Globally, systemic barriers to women and girls’ participation and representation in leadership and decision making positions persist.

The 2021 IWD commemorations are running under the national theme, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The theme focusses this year’s commemorations on the representation of women in leadership and decision making positions across their diversity.

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