Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) Statement in Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2016

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Globally, March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women annually. This day also marks the one year anniversary of WAVA’s inauguration. As such, this is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change whist celebrating courageous acts and fortitude by ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in the history of their countries and communities. The day also symbolises a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The theme for the International Woman’s Day 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.1 The idea of this theme is centered around ways to accelerate the 2030 Agenda via building of momentum for effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); especially Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning) and Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme also places emphases on new commitments under United Nations (UN) Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
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