Women Empowerment Current Affairs - 2019

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International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 is celebrated on 8th March every year to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

International Women’s Day 2019

The theme of the International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities. But trends indicate a growing gender digital divide. As a result, women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design.

This prevents Women from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies. To bring focus on these challenges “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” is chosen as the theme of the International Women’s Day 2019.

Genesis of the International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is being celebrated for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to 1911, the Socialist Party of America, the United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and other groups campaigned for women’s equality.

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

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Deloitte launches WorldClass Initiative in India

Deloitte has announced the launch of its global initiative ‘WorldClass’ in India for the empowerment of women. The initiative was launched by Deloitte’s Global CEO, Punit Renjen in the presence of Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

WorldClass Initiative

  • In India, the initiative aims to support 10 million girls and women by 2030 through education and skills development.
  • To attain the objectives of WorldClass Initiative, Deloitte will align with organisations such as Katha and Pratham in India.
  • WorldClass programme in India will focus on improving girls retention rate in school, higher educational outcomes, and skills development for women to access employment.
  • The initiative aims to give a boost to women education since almost 40 per cent of girls aged 15-18 years drop out of school and college, and only 26 per cent of women are employed.

Through the WorldClass Initiative in India Deloitte aims to fuel India’s growth story by aiding India to encash its demographic dividend. Globally, the WorldClass initiative seeks to prepare 50 million people by 2030,  to be better equipped for the future of work, in-line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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