The world celebrated the International Women's Day on March 8. This year's theme was 'Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change'. The theme seeks to put innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
Indeed, achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men, leaving no one behind, from urban planning that focuses on community safety to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to women and girls, affordable and quality childcare centres, and technology shaped by women, innovation can take the race for gender equality to its finishing line by 2030.
It is about disrupting business as usual, paying attention to how and by whom technology is used and assessed, and ensuring that women and girls play a decisive role in emerging industries.
International Women's Day also focuses on programmes and interventions that governments have made to promote gender equality and women's empowerment, while giving recommendations for the future.
Equality of the sexes is one of the universal principles of human rights. The demand for it has been strengthened by the development of the industrial society, and of economic systems based on individualism, and a workforce devoid of sexual distinctions.