MAKERS Celebrates International Women's Day 2016

MAKERS is celebrating International Women's Day, held annually on March 8, to reflect on the many achievements and continued challenges of women and girls everywhere.

More than half of the world's population is made up of women and girls. Yet even today, gender parity, women's empowerment, and women's human rights continue to face major obstacles in every corner of the globe.


This year's theme proposed by the International Women's Day campaign is "Pledge for Parity." The theme of gender parity is crucial with the World Economic Forum estimating that the global gender gap would not close entirely until the year 2133.

The United Nations is also celebrating International Women's Day by advancing gender equality for women and girls within their agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by year 2030.

Here are some stats from the UN Women initiative that will enable you to see the world's most critical issues for girls and women:

  1. More than 1.3 billion women don't have an account at a formal financial institution, including banks, cooperatives, credit unions, post offices, or microfinance institutions.
  2. Women prepare up to 90 percent of meals in households around the world, but women and girls may be the first to eat less.
  3. Everyday 800 women die from preventable pregnancy-related causes.
  4. Women account for more than 60 percent of the world's illiterate.
  5. 1 in 3 women still experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner.

The largest collection of women's stories ever assembled

Watch MAKERS Around the Globe: China and Canada
MAKERS' dynamic collection of women's stories includes MAKERS Canada and MAKERS China, featuring powerful and exceptional women from China's former foreign minister Fu Ying, to YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, better known as "Superwoman."

Take Action and Watch "MAKERS: Once And For All"
Our "MAKERS: Once And For All" documentary reflects on the unfinished business of achieving gender equality worldwide and provides context on the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995 — a watershed event in the global struggle for women's rights.

We're asking you to read, share and comment on our stories commemorating Women's History Month and join the conversation for International Women's Day using hashtag #IWD2016.

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