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.