First lady to present International Women of Courage Award


For some local women at the state's only women's college, it was time to consider what gender equality really would mean. Countering a concern from some men that equality in the workplace translates into women gaining at the expense of men, the Accenture report found that "when women rise, men rise, too".

Barbados and the region have not been far behind.

Established in 1946, CSW is a global intergovernmental body of the United Nations, devoted to the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equality.

International Women's Day is an important day for brands and companies, who will enjoy the social media bump and slightly increased visibility as they pander to women everywhere through one cute marketing stunt or another. We must all press for progress.

Barbados and the Caribbean can be justifiably proud of the achievements of its girls and women. For the second time in its history Barbados has a female Governor General and the possibility of it having its first female Prime Minister looms.

And in Washington D.C. observance of International Women's day will include the International Women's Day Forum, along with rallies outside the White House and Capitol Building. It's a must read. Writing alongside the quote "Here's to strong women". There are more girls in school than ever before.

Yet for all our advances, there are glaring gaps that must be closed. "Without concerted action, millions of more girls will be subjected to genital mutilation over the next decade".

"As people in public positions, we have the duty to mobilise on behalf of those who can't go on strike", she said.

After #MeToo, there's been a lot more talk about the advancement of women in the workforce.

And then there are other challenges, including discrimination and harassment on the job.

"BLACK Panther" star Danai Gurira says the hit movie is showing the world that women and men "can work shoulder to shoulder" and their abilities "are equally valued in a society".

Instead, we - as a society - have put such enormous pressures on young women to look and act in a certain way, achieve ideal grades, land powerful and well-paid jobs, become flawless mothers, and "do it all", that they are buckling under the weight of our expectations.

Today is also a day for stakeholders to do what we can, as an institution, as an association, as a private entity or as an individual, towards the attainment of true gender equality.