Equal­ity on agenda for Women’s Day

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

AFRICAN women’s rights ac­tivist Unit y Dow t o uched d o wn i n Townsville yes­ter­day to pro­mote gen­der equal­ity on the 100th an­niver­sary of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

Ms Dow is a prom­i­nent judge, lawyer, and writer from Botswana who has re­ceived global ac­claim for her stances on women’s rights.

The in­au­gu­ral women’s day was held in 1911 in Aus­tria, Den­mark, Ger­many and Switzer­land at­tended by over one mil­lion peo­ple.

Ms Dow said the event was con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide ben­e­fits.

‘‘ A lot of the is­sues we speak about are ex­pe­ri­enced glob­ally but tend to take on a dif­fer­ent face from coun­try to coun­try,’’ she said.

‘‘ This work is about chang­ing cul­ture so it be­comes part of our cul­ture for women to be equal.

‘‘ We are see­ing the progress of change will dif­fer from con­ti­nent to con­ti­nent and find the richer coun­tries are much more ad­vanced and the cul­ture is be­gin­ning to change.’’

I WD h a s b e c o m e a g l o b a l phe­nom­e­non cel­e­brated across the world and is an of­fi­cial hol­i­day in ap­prox­i­mately 25 coun­tries in­clud­ing Afghanistan, Rus­sia, Ukraine, Viet­nam and Zam­bia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.