Commonwealth Secretariat - IWD

International Women's Day celebrates women, a reminder of the continual progression of gender equality rights, and lastly, it marks a conscientious deliberate effort by all; legitimizing and championing the empowerment of the woman and it's importance to the world. I was graciously invited for a conference at Marlborough House. Upon arrival into the house I was immediately taken by the courteousness of the delegates, radiating in elegance, as much as the house interior.

Deputy Secretary-General Dr Josephine Ojiambo gave the gloomy statistics that 60% of the work in the world is done by women, yet we earn only 10% of the worlds wealth and own a dismal 2% of land. One third of women in this world have experienced sexual or physical  violence. 130,000 girls/women have suffered F.G.M (Female Genital Mutilation) in Britain. Sir William Cash spoke on this issue regarding the demographic governments taking cosmetic measures of appearing to address the issue of F.G.M. He spoke compassionately about the prevalence of such cruelty still in existence in our society is utterly appalling. He read the amendment of International Development Act 2014 Chapter 9.
The High Commissioner of St Lucia Dr. Ernest Hilaire spoke on the issue of bride price; that it beings about the belief that the man owns the woman. It perpetuates the ideal that a man is worth more than a woman, which can lend a hand to violence against women. Her Excellency Ms Winnie Anna Kiap uttered words I've heard before. She said she was of the thought that not all countries -ones that had to fight for independence-  had the same starting point, but the set-up help determine a standard to be measured by. Ms Foo Chi (High commissioner of Singapore) ended on positive statistics on the progress of her country and the movement of gender equality. In Singapore, 42% of women have jobs and of those 63% are in managerial positions. 11% of Supreme Judges are women and 25% are in Parliament seats.

After the delegates had spoke, the floor was open to the invitee's to ask direct questions to the panel. One lady asked something I was yet to consider. Representing Widows Rights International, she asked why Widows are not yet a part of the Common Wealth agenda. She reminded the room of the harmful cultural practices that affect Widowed women and the fate of these women should be included in the agenda of gender equality.

 This made me wonder a great deal about the woman I am becoming, and what accomplishments I am preparing for my future. What I will leave behind for other women.
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