On Wednesday, March 8, the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) joined the rest of world in commemorating the International Women’s Day. The day is commemorated on March 8 every year to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who play extraordinary roles in their communities.
The 2017 UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The theme calls for the empowering and education of women and girls to reach gender equality in the workplace.
The campaign theme for the commemoration is #BeBoldForChange: challenging individuals to help create a gender inclusive world of work.
In her message on International Women’s Day
, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged society to ensure that girls are “exposed to a broad range of careers and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science”.
The NIOH marked International Women’s Day with the commemoration of the first anniversary of the NIOH Gender@Work program, which serves to help mainstream gender concerns in Occupational Health and Safety in the world of work in South Africa and contributes to realisation of decent work for all.
This year marks 106 years of commemorating the International Women’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.