Equality on agenda for Women’s Day
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.