“Equality for women is progress for all”.
That is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, being celebrated today, March 8, across the world.
Lamenting discrimination against women and girls worldwide, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “Where men and women have equal rights, societies prosper.”
Organisers of a rally marking the event in the Philippines capital, Manila, couldn’t agree more.
“The reason why we are doing this is because we want to reaffirm our commitment to create an enabling environment for women to become better in what they do,” said Organising Committee Partner, Gilda Patricia Maquilan.
“In that way, they can help in uplifting the lives of their family and their communities.”
The Manila rally, at the Quirino grandstand,involved thousands of women standing in a giant human formation of the cross-like female scientific symbol.
Not only was it a huge statement on behalf of women but the female formation could also make it into the Guinness Book of Records.