Today, 8th March 2017 is International Women’s Day (#IWD2017), a day events are held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights around the world. #WomensDay is also commemorated to reflect on progress so far in calling for change and to celebrate courageous acts and determination shown by women who have played exemplary roles in their countries and societies.
The #IWD2017 campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange. It is a call for the masses to help forge a more gender inclusive world and accelerate gender parity.
According to the United Nations, it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
There is urgent work and purposeful collaboration that needs to be done to help women advance and unleash the limitless potential by improving women’s health, education and economic empowerment.
The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) has been committed to the improvement of women’s health and empowerment by providing reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and family health information and services in under privileged communities in Nigeria.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2017, ARFH encourages everyone to #BeBoldForChange, and join in the fight to stop gender-based violence (sexual, physical and emotional abuse), early girl child marriage, discrimination, in order to uphold women’s rights to their bodies, health, education and empowerment.