By Becky Alexander O
The annual celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 serves as a focal point for the women’s rights movement. It raises awareness of problems, including gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.
Several nations recognize International Women’s Day as a public holiday, while others observe it socially or locally to honour and promote the accomplishments of women.
Each year, the United Nations marks the day in honour of a specific campaign, problem, or idea related to women’s rights. The 2023 International Women’s Day theme is DigitALL: Innovation And Technology For Gender Equality.
The IWD still retains its political roots in some regions of the world, where it is observed with protests and calls for radical change; in other regions, especially in the West, it is primarily sociocultural and focused on a celebration of women.
This year’s IWD theme shows how women have made immeasurable contributions to the increasingly digital world in which we live, from the earliest days of computing to the modern era of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In a field that has historically neither embraced nor valued them, they have achieved things that were impossible to expect.
Nowadays, women are unable to fully utilize technology due to a continuing gender disparity in access to it. A significant obstacle to their involvement in tech design and governance continues to be their underrepresentation in STEM education and jobs. And too frequently, women are forced out of their digital venues due to the persistent danger of online gender-based violence and a lack of legal remedy.
Digital technology also creates new opportunities for women, girls, and other underprivileged groups to become more powerful globally. The digital age offers a previously unheard-of chance to end all types of injustice and imbalance, from tech-facilitated sexual and reproductive healthcare to gender-responsive digital schooling.
As the foremost voice for women globally, the Amazons Watch joins UN women and the United Nations under the theme, DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality, to keep working to improve the safety, inclusivity, and equity of the digital world.