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International Women’s Day – 8 March, 2024

Invest in women: Accelerate progress

This International Women’s Day, 8 March 2024, join the United Nations in celebrating under the theme Invest in women: Accelerate progress.

The world is facing many crises, ranging from geopolitical conflicts to soaring poverty levels and the escalating impacts of climate change. These challenges can only be addressed by solutions that empower women. By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all. 

If current trends continue, more than 342 million women and girls could be living in extreme poverty by 2030. To ensure women’s needs and priorities are considered, governments must prioritize gender-responsive financing and increase public spending on essential services and social protection. 

Policymakers must also value, recognize, and account for the vital contribution women make to economies worldwide through paid and unpaid care work.Women spend around three times more time on unpaid for care work than men and if these activities were assigned a monetary value they would account for more than 40 percent GDP. 

Investing in women and championing gender equality turbocharges a future where everyone in society can thrive, creating a world of boundless opportunity and empowerment for all.

According to IndiaTV News channel, the following are the most common health problems that women face:

  • Anaemia
  • Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Reproductive Health Issues
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence

Additionally, the burgeoning elderly women population in India faces many issues like poor access to healthcare facilities, concern for healthcare, financial insecurity, isolation, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, neglect and idleness.

A day like today renews our quest, whether on a global or national or local level, to bring awareness to the gaps in equality. To address policy that helps invest more in women of all ages, all over  the world, instead of spending huge budgets on issues of far less importance and concern.

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