According to the UN, the theme for International Women's Day (March 8), this year is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030".
"The world of work is changing, and with
significant implications for women. On one hand, we have
globalization, technological and digital revolution and the
opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing
informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal
and trade policies and environmental impacts - all of which must be
addressed in the context of women's economic empowerment," stated
UN-Women ahead of the observance.
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals agenda
too has a focus on gender equality and empowerment of all women and
girls and aims at 'achieving gender equality and empowerment of all
women and girls, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in
the world of work'.
The UN has also suggested the 'measures that are
key to ensuring women's economic empowerment in the changing world
of work must include bridging the gender pay gap, which stands at 24
per cent globally' and urged the community of nations to ensure
'gender-responsive economic policies for job creation, poverty
reduction and sustainable, inclusive growth' along with promoting
'women's access to innovative technologies and practices, decent
work and climate-resilient jobs and protect women from violence in
the work place'.