International Women’s Day is being celebrated today in Pakistan and across the globe to raise awareness about women empowerment, necessity for equal respect and rights, identity and leadership.
International Women’s Day 2021 Theme
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” Women deserve the right to gain an equal future and recovery from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
In this regard, the ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has paid a rich tribute to all the women out there in recognition of the services of women who have always been determined to pledge their lives for the security of the country.
In is official tweet, MoFA wrote, “On #InternationalWomensDay, we pay rich tribute to women across the globe and Pakistan, who have shaped future of world and our nation with their immense contribution.”
“This day should also serve as a solemn reminder to int’l community of the need to address systematic violence against women of IoJK.” the tweet read.
On #InternationalWomensDay we pay rich tribute to women across 🌎 &🇵🇰 who have shaped future of world & our nation with their immense contribution. This day should also serve as a solemn reminder to int’l community of the need to address systematic violence against #WomenofIIOJK. pic.twitter.com/LrEDnUqQ8r
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) March 8, 2021
Furthermore, MoFA, while commemorating this day, said that we cannot forget the plight of women in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Over the last seven decades, they have endured the worst forms of human rights abuse and oppression at the hands of Indian occupation forces including sexual violence, rape, and molestation.
The international community must take cognizance of these serious crimes and hold India accountable, it said.
The road to women empowerment and gender equality is a long one. Pakistan’s direction, commitment and actions are clear. We will continue to resolutely pursue the full realization of women’s rights, added the ministry.
UN Women’s Statements About Women’s Day 2021
The United Nations’ website ‘UN Women’ has shared a comprehensive note to honor women on this day. It states, “Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in of all areas of life drives progress for everyone. Yet, they are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General’s recent report. Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 percent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.”
As ladies demand generation equality, they have the right to enjoy an equal future. It is because they remained determined and fought the pandemic with all their energy.
It should be noted that on International Women’s Day, various events, seminars and demonstrations are held in almost all countries of the world every year and their rights are highlighted and services are recognized.