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International Women Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a day for celebrating all the remarkable achievements (be it in politics, science, culture, economics, medicine and technology) around the world. It also serves as a continuous call for action to accelerate gender balance. The first IWD gathering took place in 1911 supported by millions of people from De. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality. Today the day is marked all over the world.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empowerment to all women and girls. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world, celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality? According to the SDG report 2018, while some forms of discrimination and diminishing gender equality continue to hold women back. It is an issue that needs to be constantly and continuously addressed and everyone has a role to play, especially young people.

You may wonder, why young people? According to the World Bank, 42% of the world’s total population are under the age of 25. That is a tremendous resource that can be used to influence positive change throughout the world. That is only possible when they are empowered with knowledge and provided with an enabling environment. Through this they can be able to challenge certain norms and stereotypes connected to gender and learn to recognize stereotypes at an early age thus contributing to building a more gender balanced world.

“A balanced world is a better world.”

Happy International Women Day.