International Women's Day: Highest-paid actresses revealed

Mary Honeyball

Mary Honeyball

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world".

The Zimbabwean-American actress and Tony Award-winning playwright says she was thankful to be handed the role of Okoye, who had nobility and put the needs of her country and people first.

President Donald Trump's daughter-turned-White House adviser got an earful on Thursday after turning to Twitter to mark International Women's Day ― leading to immediate ridicule by people who criticized her and her father for their track record on women's rights.

In TT, organisations such as the InterClub of TT and Women Everywhere have a week of activities in observance of the day.

When is International Women's Day? IWD and these movements have a shared agenda of removing the barriers that hold women back, and making sure they are treated with respect and equality in every situation, in every corner of the world.

International Women's Day was first observed in the early 1900s, and it is designed as a day where the globe comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while acting as a call to action to accelerate gender parity. The United States, for instance, does not officially recognize IWD as a holiday, though Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced a bill in 1994 proposing that the US officially designate March 8 as International Women's Day.

"It started out in October with 40 women in a room just talking about this problem and how we were going to deal with it because enough is enough", she explained.

She noted advocacy was necessary until all the barriers which denied women equal opportunity and mobility in the workplace and the labour market were eliminated.

"But now I'm in a different position, so now I have to go again, and I have to meet those girls face to face", she continued, adding how we all must lift each other out and speak for those who don't have a voice.

"Gender equality is enshrined in countless laws, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage have been outlawed in many countries". The trade union report also pointed out that gap between men's and women's gross weekly earnings has remained relatively consistent for at least two decades, from 1997 to 2017.

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