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UN Women Maghreb rightly emphasizes the meaning of International Women’s Day

Written by FDM

While some might consider March 8th, International Women’s Day, as an opportunity to point out the struggles women still face and the advancement of women’s rights today, some fail to sense the meaning behind this date and regard as a mere holiday of which presents are the highlight.  

Tired of hijacking International Women’s Day for commercial purposes. Indeed, as UN Women Maghreb forcefully explains in a video in which appear a series of representatives of the UN institutions, “March 8, International Women’s Day, is not a holiday. This is not an opportunity to offer flowers or chocolate, but it is an opportunity to appreciate the progress made and measure all that remains to be done.”

In the video, an array of representatives of UN institutions such as Philippe Poinsot, United Nations Coordinator in Morocco, Leila Rhiwi, representative of the UN Women Maghreb, Golda El Khoury, representative of UNESCO of Morocco, the Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia, Kamal Alami, UNAIDS Coordinator in Morocco, Ana Fonseca, Head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Morocco, or Lilia Naas Hachem, Director at the Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

As the video goes along, we recognize that there is still a long way to go. Mobilization must be the motto for equality, be it in the field of health, at work, access to financial security and responsibilities (high position within companies and in politics). The combat does not stop there. It is essential to fight stereotypes based on gender and the marriage of minors, as well as to “eradicate violence against girls and women,” as recalled by Florence Rollen, representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) in Morocco

The video ends with a resonant message: “March 8 is about improving the situation of women … all women … around the world.” Let’s not forget…