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BOAF Celebrates International Women’s Day.

All day, everyday, around the world a more gender-balanced world is being forged. Individuals and groups are making a concerted #BalanceforBetter worldwide through tangible action. From grassroots awareness raising to highly visible campaigns with impact, gender parity is being forged.

As we celebrate this day, one individual by the name of Dr M Muneer who is celebrating his birthday today in his response after Mr Mutumwa Mawere sent him a birthday message said “he is giving his birthday to all the women folks of the world.”

The 1873 Network through the initiative, “Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF)” seeks to provoke, ignite and inspire the unlocking of the untapped women potential that is resident in Africa through shared experiences, insights, knowledge and ideas.

Even though International Women’s Day is a well-known moment in most countries, it’s often helpful to still set some context.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

Engaging topics and angles to cover

Some engaging topics and angles to include in International Women’s Day speeches and presentations include:

  • A balanced world is a better world
  • The rise of women is not about the fall of men
  • Everyone can play a role in forging gender parity
  • Gender balance is not a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue
  • Advocacy, inclusive mindsets and tangible action are needed from all

Some speeches and presentations cite great women and their achievements as relevant to the specific context for the speech or presentation and its audience.

Key points to convey

Some engaging angles to elaborate on include:

  • Many societies have moved on from women having to succeed in a man’s world
  • Stereotypes are being challenged and more diverse representation of women is more evident
  • There is still a continuing need worldwide for more progressive mindsets and inclusive behaviours to be forged
  • Collectively everyone everywhere can strive for women’s equality and continue to make positive gains

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