International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The theme for this year's IWD is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.
Join us as we celebrate a future in which innovation and technology creates unprecedented opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems, efficient services and sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and gender equality.
There will be presentations and discussions led by ‘disruptive innovators’ working to support African/BAME women in Wales and across Sub-Saharan Africa. From tackling gender inequality to combating social issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (GBV), the event will bring leaders, game-changing start-ups, social entrepreneurs, gender equality activists, and women innovators to examine the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality, encourage investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.
A day to celebrate, inform, participate and celebrate women achievements in Wales and Africa, it will provide an opportunity to
- Consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda,
- Building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5:
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4:
- Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
The event is for policy makers; human rights and BAME activist as well as charities working in combating women equality/global poverty.