International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.
The NFHSDP and CMCAMSFHP teams came together on Wednesday 05 March in Kiunga to observe International Women’s Day. This special ‘salute’ to women around the world, especially in developing countries, started with a walk from the office in the heart of Kiunga town to the grounds of Kiunga District Hospital. Along the way purple ribbons and an invitation to join the walk were offered to the general public including young girls, teenagers and women and men of all ages. Team members relayed messages via loud hailer about the purpose of this special day and encouraged men to respect and encourage their wives, sisters and daughters not only today but every other day.
The 2014 theme ; ‘Ending Poverty for Women and Girls through Economic Empowerment’ was shared and the ladies operating little stalls along the street before the hospital were given purple ribbons to wear proudly, as these ladies are already on the path to economic empowerment through their sales of snacks, peanuts and soft drinks for those who pass by.
Although only a short walk following by a light lunch, observing International Women’s day for both health program teams was an important activity as it was not only an opportunity to express their support for women worldwide in their struggle against poverty, but was also an opportunity for the teams to unite with the communities of Kiunga in an effort to network and mobilise for meaningful change.