ProjectMEN2020 congratulates the achievements of Vincentian women at home and abroad and the women of the world.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. While the first observance of a Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman’s Conference to become an “International Woman’s Day.” After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.
Today in SVG several women’s groups and organizations are celebrating the rights and achievements of women. As male movement, ProjectMEN2020 stands in solidarity with our women who are hurting and are suffering in silence. We also join to recognize and celebrate your achievements and stand in support of your efforts, hats off to you.
We are calling on the men and boys of the nation to come out today and stand, and march in solidarity with our nations, girls, mothers, wives, aunties, grannies and women on a whole. It is our duty and responsibility as boys, men, fathers and husbands to embrace and protect our girls and women.