In celebration of International Women's Day

Today we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. 

This year, International Women's Day takes on an additional, very special meaning as women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in so-called system relevant professions. These professions include e.g. health care work and caregiving.

International Women's Day is a day where we not only highlight the importance of historical progress that was made in regard to women’s rights but it also reflects on the necessary political and social steps that are still needed to achieve true gender parity in the future. 

Most of the time it is the women who are taking care of the children, doing the dishes and chores and who are taking care of ill family members. UN Women concludes that women carry out at least two and a half times more unpaid household and care work than men. As a result, women have less time to engage in paid labour, or work longer hours, combining paid and unpaid labour.

According to UN Women, unpaid care and domestic work is valued to be 10 and 39 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and can contribute more to the economy than the manufacturing, commerce or transportation sectors.

In short, it is time for redistribution of unpaid work between men and women in our societies. This is exactly why we need politicians taking up the matter and putting policies in place that provide services, social protection and basic infrastructure for women. 

The world also needs men themselves to get into action and to be vocal and active about gender equality in our societies; to lift women up and for themselves to take their fair share in unpaid work.

Besides this issue, women have to face more obstacles in the working place and are more likely to become victims of sexual abuse. And no country – to this day – was able to achieve full gender equality.

This is exactly why HOPE’87 continues to implement projects often focusing on women rights issues. HOPE’87 intends to put a special emphasis on women empowerment in projects as often as possible, e.g. supporting young women fishmongers of Yoff in economic self-reliance; our YES Centers in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India who are mostly dedicated to educate young women and the ADA CEOP project for the promotion of girls enrollment to schools.

HOPE’87 will continue to fight for women’s rights and dedicates itself to helping achieve the SDG 5 for gender equality.