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International Women's Day: Time is now for gender equality
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 09 - 03 - 2022

'Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow' is the theme for the UN's commemoration of International Women's Day on Tuesday, celebrating the work of women and girls in fighting climate change and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior UN officials joined women activists, artists, politicians and others from around the world, for an online event to mark the day, observed annually on March 8.
While recognizing women's leadership across all walks of life, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that "in too many areas, the clock on women's rights is moving backwards", with COVID-19 a prime example.
'The time is now'
The crisis has kept girls and women out of classrooms and workplaces, and contributed to rising poverty and violence, among other setbacks.
"We cannot emerge from the pandemic with the clock spinning backwards on gender equality," Guterres said in a video message played at the event. "We need to turn the clock forward on women's rights. The time is now."
Progress towards a more gender-equal world is being undermined by multiple interlocking and compounding crises, according to Sima Bahous, executive director at UN Women.
War must stop
"Currently, we are witnessing the horrifying situation in Ukraine where the impacts on women and girls, including the hundreds of thousands displaced, remind us: all conflicts, from Ukraine to Myanmar to Afghanistan, from the Sahel to Yemen, exact their highest price from women and girls," she said. "The Secretary-General has been clear, War must stop."
Meanwhile, climate change and environmental degradation are increasing insecurity, for individuals and countries, with women and girls disproportionately affected.
Bahous said the international community has the chance to put them at the center of planning and action, and to integrate gender perspective into global and national laws and policies.
Re-think and re-frame
"We have the opportunity to re-think, re-frame and re-allocate resources. We have the opportunity to benefit from the leadership of women and girl environmental defenders and climate activists to guide our planet's conservation. We need indigenous women's inter-generational knowledge, practices and skills," she added.
International Women's Day provides an opportunity to renew commitment to gender equality as the strong foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.
"It is only with women and girls at the center of our efforts that we have our best chance to succeed in addressing our current, and pressing, global challenges — from the climate emergency, to political divisions, to a sustainable recovery from this global pandemic."
The President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, noted that a sustainable future is possible because governments have adopted frameworks such as the SDGs, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Remove the barriers
Earlier, he had pointed out how despite their contributions, women remain "under-represented, under-supported, and unrecognized" in the social, economic and political fields needed for sustainable recovery.
"We must strengthen mechanisms that provide pathways and support for ingenuity, ambition, and creativity, from all people who have the skill and the drive. And we must remove the barriers that prevent women from engaging," said Shahid.
Next week, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) begins its annual session, which will also examine gender equality in climate change, environmental, and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.
"For a sustainable tomorrow, the gendered impacts of climate change must be confronted decisively and urgently," said Commission Chair, Ambassador Mathu Joyini of South Africa.
She underlined commitment towards realizing "a robust set of agreed conclusions which will place women and girls firmly at the center of climate and sustainability solutions."
Worth fighting for
American poet and activist, Amanda Gorman, was among the artists who contributed to the UN commemoration.
Now 24, she gained international acclaim for her poem 'The Hill We Climb', delivered at the inauguration of US President Joseph Biden in January last year.
In her poem 'Earthrise', played at the UN event, Gorman emphasizes how "Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time", and everyone has a role in protecting the planet.
"All of us bring light to exciting solutions never tried before/For it is our hope that implores us, at our uncompromising core/To keep rising up for an earth more than worth fighting for." — UN News

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