Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day - FORTUNE

by Ellen McGirt
Originally published: March 7, 2017

Tomorrow is International Women's Day, and unlike the American World Series, it’s actually an international event.

This year’s theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” Work and access to economic opportunity remains a tremendous problem on planet earth, only 50% of working age women are represented in the labor force globally, compared to 76% of men. Many of those women are stuck working in the informal economy, without access to credit, education or property and other fundamental economic rights.

Fortune's Linda Kinstler has a look at how countries around the globe will mark International Women's Day. Celebrations will vary wildly, from the political to the delightful. Women in Ireland will be striking in protest of the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, which bans abortion. In Italy, women will enjoy free access to museums and cultural institutions which have planned special exhibits designed to “celebrate the feminine world.” Where Russian men will be dashing about to plan extravagant celebrations for the women in their lives (I’ll let you make the Putin jokes,) in the Gaza strip, Hamas authorities have canceled plans to give students a day off even though the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has declared the day a public holiday.