WISE welcomes the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day, #PressforProgress. WISE especially welcomes the UN Women theme for 2018, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, and hopes that this re-centring of the struggle on the agency and voices of rural and urban activism will lead to a reclamation of the women’s rights agenda within development discourse by those who pioneered it.
WISE Development has recently undertaken a scoping study to inform investment and operational strategy for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Economic Advancement Program (EAP). The EAP will seek to increase economic benefits for female workers, particularly those working in the informal sector, and to increase the voice of women in economic policy making.
WISE director Dinah Bennett’s recent visit to China fortunately coincided with a milestone event in the progression of women’s empowerment through a unique contact sport which is a growing phenomenon globally.
“From the glass cliff to the gender stress gap, from financial crisis to family crisis, women leaders face a number of converging personal, professional and global challenges. In the face of such momentous change and challenges, resilience as a simple notion of “bouncing back” isn’t enough”
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The participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies. It is the key to making Agenda 2030 transformational and inclusive