On 8 March 2020, we marked International Women’s Day. The theme for this year was “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The campaign on realizing women’s rights for an equal future demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls, healthcare services that respond to women’s needs, and their equal participation in political life and in decision-making in all spheres of life. Women and their needs are under-represented in these aspects. 2020 is distinct, because it marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which is considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.
To mark this day, GFAN Africa ran an online social media campaign sharing posters with messages on women’s health, empowerment and gender equality. A total of 14 organizations in these countries joined in the campaign: Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Cameroon. – Achieving UHC means leaving no one behind.
- On this #IWD2020, we urge increased domestic resources for health to ensure #Health4all including the poorest & marginalized women & girls.
- On this #IWD2020, we think of adolescent girls & young women experiencing high rates of new HIV infections. Urgent action is needed to ensure #Health4all
- Exponentially increasing domestic investments to ensure #Health4all is good for gender
equality & women’s rights #IWD2020