What’s International Women’s Day and why is it important?

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March 8 is International Women’s Day.

Women across the world use this day to come together to celebrate and rally for equal treatment and representation.

What’s the theme for International Women’s Day 2023?

The UN’s theme this year is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”.

The topic highlights not only how technology is crucial to advancing rights, but a growing digital gender gap that is impacting everything from job opportunities for women and their safety online.

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According to the UN, 259 million fewer women have access to the internet than men, and women are largely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

“Bringing women into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality,” says the UN. “Their lack of inclusion, by contrast, comes with massive costs.”

Previous UN themes have included climate change, rural women and HIV/AIDS.

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