March 8 is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual - an equal world is an enabled world.
Gender equity is an ongoing challenge, and while there are many stories of progress and success to be celebrated, there are plenty of statistics that show we have a long way to go. Equal pay is yet to be achieved, and our domestic violence statistics are still appalling. These are everyday issues, but International Women’s Day is a time to encourage education and dialogue around how we acknowledge and address them, including recognising our own abilities to raise awareness and to actively challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
On March 6 the Waitakere Ethnic Board is celebrating International Women's Day with a panel discussion of inspiring speakers. Dr Lesina Nakhid Schuster (The Bachelorette), Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), Golriz Ghahraman (MP) and Waitakere Ethnic Board member Ayan Said will engage in a discussion around the #EachforEqual theme. This will take place from 6pm at Zeal West, 20 Alderman Drive Henderson.
Please RSVP if you wish to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also wish to celebrate by showing support for organisations that provide care for women. Here are some in Auckland: