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International Women’s Day

Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day (IWD), which is celebrated around the world on 8 March, is an occasion to acknowledge the crucial role that women play in the home, in the workplace and in society. It is also an opportunity to highlight the many disadvantages, prejudices and outright violence they face on a daily basis in their quest for better empowerment and equality in society.

Data from various sources show that 70 percent of the 1.3 billion global population living in conditions of poverty are women. Women predominate in the world’s food production (50-80 per cent), but they own less than 10 per cent of the land.

Moreover, 80 percent of those displaced by climate related disasters and changes around the world are women and girls. The theme for this year’s United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day is aptly enough on, ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.

Empowering women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality.

Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach. So from this year’s IWD let us commit ourselves to supporting greater gender equality in every sphere of life and ensure a sustainable, equitable future for everyone.

Here, we take a look at some thoughts on women’s empowerment by several opinion-formers and women diplomats accredited to Kuwait, as well as their answers to a questionnaire we sent out to them ahead of this year’s IWD.

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Belinda Lewis, Ambassador of United Kingdom

During the course of my career, as a manager, mentor and human resources director, I have found that more women than men tend to...

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Lena Maryana, Ambassador of Indonesia

During your tenure in Kuwait what is your opinion about women's empowerment in society Kuwaiti women have long been recognized as pioneers with a voice...

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Dr. Ameera Alhassan Head of UN-Habitat GCC, Kuwait...

Kuwaiti women's role in their society was established long before Kuwait independence in 1960. The first informal school for girls was opened in 1926,...

International Women’s Day 2022 : H.E. Aliya Mawani, Ambassador of Canada

During your tenure in Kuwait what is your opinion about women’s empowerment in society? Kuwait is full of talented, creative and inspiring women, and I...

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Nisreen Rubaian, UNHCR Representative to Kuwait

During your tenure in Kuwait what is your opinion about women's empowerment in society? Kuwait has been at the forefront of progressive change, and its...

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Halima Abdille Mahmoud, Ambassador of Kenya

In your career have you faced discrimination or hurdles being a woman I have not come across direct/overt discrimination due to my gender, but I...

International Women’s Day 2022 – H.E. Claudia Alejandra Zampieri, Ambassador of Argentina

About women’s empowerment in society: I am sure that if women occupied more positions as decision makers there would be fewer conflicts in the...

International Women’s Day 2022 : H.E. Haja Ishata Thomas, Ambassador of Sierra Leone

During your tenure in Kuwait, what is your opinion about women’s empowerment in society? Women’s empowerment in Kuwaiti society is a work in progress. There...

Who do we celebrate when we celebrate International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day was born out of a group of women workers who decided to rise up in the early 1900s against inequality, disenfranchisement,...

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