The International Women’s Day 2017 placed women’s work in the first line by arranging strikes in more than 50 countries throughout the world. This first International Women’s Strike from both paid and unpaid labor aimed to put more pressure on governments, institutions and corporations by giving women a voice that has been ignored until now.
On one of the most political International Women’s Day, millions of people took part in worldwide actions to show solidarity with a revived and powerful global women’s movement.
Organizers arranged the International Women’s Strike by joining the coordinators of the Women’s March and other hundreds of human and women’s rights’ activists around the globe. The theme for the year 2017, which was #BeBoldForChange, praised the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women throughout history.
Moreover, organizers from diverse countries proposed supporters to wear diverse colors such as red in solidarity with the women’s labor movement, black to focus on issues like femicide or abortion, and other colors depending on the topics that were claimed.
The former Portuguese prime minister will replace Ban Ki-moon on the first of January and become the ninth United Nations Secretary-General. He will place development at the center of the organization’s work and hopes to be the leader of the changes the UN needs.
Guterres, a former Socialist prime minister of Portugal and the head of the United Nations refugee agency for 10 years, focused his speech mainly on the importance of preventing conflict. He also said he would make the United Nations more “nimble” and “efficient” and promised a deep management reform for the following years.
Most UN diplomats affirm Guterres’ greatest challenge will certainly be dealing with the Trump administration. In his speech on Monday he indicated he would be “gentle”, at least for now.
The truth is that he is now under pressure to recruit women to his administration. Many diplomats had been campaigning for a woman to lead the international organization for the first time in 70 years, and Mr. Guterres has assured gender parity in his leadership.
Moreover, the General Assembly made an emotive tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who leaves the office at the end of December after leading the United Nations for the past 10 years.