Editorial: IWD and Gender Equality in Sudan

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
The first International Women’s Day celebrated over 100 years ago marked the ongoing struggle for a woman’s right to work, vote, hold public office and end gender discrimination.
The goal number 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals is (Gender Equality).
Today, in many parts of the world, women remain vulnerable without the rights, freedoms and privileges we often take for granted here in our black continent.
Two years ago the theme for International Women’s Day, focused on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises.
Against this backdrop, only 50 percent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 percent of men.
What’s more, an overwhelming majority of women are in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work, and concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill occupations with little or no social protection.
Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development.
The original aim – to achieve full gender equality for women the world – has still not been realized.
A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.
Figures show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men.
However, Sudan is considered one of the top countries in terms of adherence to gender equality and respecting the women’s rights in all fields including the top executive positions and this could easily be recognized in the number of students in the universities, offices and even in the informal jobs.
We are proud that the Sudanese woman is present in regional and international organizations leading positions.
We urge all Sudanese to recognize and honour the achievements of the women who touch our lives: our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends, colleagues and businessmen.

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