It’s not long since the world commemorated International Women’s Day (IWD) and guided by the themes “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” (international), and “Empowering Women Through Innovate Approaches to Social Protection a Prerequisite for Inclusive and Sustainable Development” (national). However, the commemoration is not over, yet! March 8 was an important ceremonial day, but the actual work is in the day-to-day ‘small’ things we do to support and achieve women’s empowerment.
For some people, IWD 2019 was a stock taking day on progress garnered so far on women’s protection and empowerment. To others, it rekindled new energies, new commitments, and new agendas for strengthening protection of all women and girls. Irrespective of what the day meant for each one of us, this is a kind reminder that we need do whatever we possibly can, with whatever resources we have, and from wherever we are to advance women’s rights.
As we join hands in this worthy cause, and through collective efforts towards a much fruitful deliberations on women’s empowerment, I invite you to read the electronic version of the Press Statement published by Refugee Law Project on March 8, 2019 in the Monitor and The New Vision.
As a human rights-based organisation, and as a part of #RLP@20 (Twentieth Anniversary), we have series of events lined-up throughout the year to ‘walk-the-talk’ on women’s rights and we very much look forward to your active participation including virtual engagements through our social media platforms.
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Onen David Ongwech