March is the official women’s month and the 8th of this month was officially assigned by the United Nations as International Women`s Day (IWD). Since the early 1900s this day was used as „a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.“ writes UN Women. The day is also used to advocate for equal opportunities and women’s rights around the world. Despite the fact that women, governments and their communities in different parts of the globe celebrate or find time to mark the date, there is still much more work to do in achieving gender equality.
According to a report by the World Economic Forum there was a prediction in 2014 that unless concrete steps are taken Global Gender Parity would not be achieved until 2095 and a year later 2015 the pace slowed down widening the gap and expectancy of gender parity till 2133. This is why the United Nations` theme for 2016 is „PledgeForParity,“ asking everyone to make a concrete pledge to contribute towards gender parity in all spheres of life.
Our pledge at Sonne Magazine is to promote women`s issues in the diaspora and celebrate their achievements in every way we can. This is why we would like to use this opportunity during this year`s women`s month, to shine a light on 20 women of African Heritage in Germany and the Diaspora. These sisters have been working hard in their communities and countries advancing themselves and issues that touch us all.
Starting on March 8th, 2016 we would share a short profile of some of these women we admire and tell you why we have decided to celebrate them. We also do ask you to send us share with us the woman in the diaspora you admire most and why.
How to take part:
Send us 5-6 lines profile of a woman you admire most, her photo and tell us why you admire her.
Deadline: Throughout the month of March.
Thanks for helping us shine a light on our women of excellence!