On this Tuesday, March 8, 2011 join Knowledge for Health
in commemorating the 100th
anniversary of International Women’s Day. IWD is a global day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. Nearly 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia recognize the day as an official holiday.
This year marks the theme, “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: pathway to decent work for women.” In a message
, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for more efforts to address the gender gap in education, discrimination and violence in the workplace and community, and sexual violence in conflict zones. He encouraged the urgent need to save lives and improve the health of women and children to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Ki-moon further promoted use of technology. “Cell phones and the Internet, for example, can enable women to improve the health and well-being of their families, take advantage of income-earning opportunities, and protect themselves from exploitation and vulnerability,” he said.