Be Bold for Change. That is the theme of International Women’s Day 2017, and around the world we’re seeing it in action at a rapid pace. Human rights organizations and individuals are harnessing 'women power' and inspiring change and everyday activism.
HERE ARE SIX EXAMPLES FROM JUST THE LAST SIX MONTHS:
1. More than five million people on seven continents elevated women’s rights and voices on the world’s stage and made history.
2. In Lebanon, NGOs mounted a huge public campaign and rally to push the government to repeal a law that allows rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. In December, a parliamentary Committee agreed. A vote yes by the full Parliament would be a big step towards ending laws that promote sexual violence.
3. In Malawi, Parliament outlawed “child marriage” in February when it set 18 as the minimum age of marriage, largely due to persistent efforts of women and youth activists.
4. In the UK, Parliament voted to ratify the Istanbul Convention last week. The Convention requires governments to take a range of steps to prevent all forms of violence against women, protect victims and to prosecute perpetrators.
5. In Pakistan, the government passed a law in to end "honor killings" and to better address sexual violence in October.
6. In the US, more women of color were elected to Congress than ever before bringing sorely needed additions on gender and racial diversity. And studies show that women legislators sponsor more bills, send their districts more federal money and are more likely to introduce legislation that benefits women.