International Women’s Day. Where the role and notable achievements of women in society is recognised in worldwide celebration. While calling for greater equality every year on March 8th, a lot more still has to be done. There are multiple challenges still waiting to be overcome regarding gender equality and women empowerment.

 

Despite commemorations, a lot of women in Uganda, for example, still face numerous amounts of challenges including low social status, discrimination, lack of economic self-dependency and sufficiency, as well as having greater risk of being infected by HIV/AIDS. As in many African countries such as Uganda, what gender discrimination means is the involuntary submission of what might have been a higher social status to men. This, of course causes women to lose their power to live and act independently, become empowered and motivated to learn and achieve their life goals. What happens is that they are unable to escape their dependency on men.

 

International Women’s Day not only speaks for those who are already familiar with independence and equality, with higher social statuses and better careers, but also those who are yet to experience these. Only through better campaigns and support can we reach this outcome. As British actress and philanthropist Emma Watson said, “Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue”.

 

Written by Kara Wynona