YESTERDAY, THE world marked International Women’s Day, a day celebrated on March 8 every year to champion the course of the rights of women.
The date was suggested by the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference to become an International Women’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 (UN).
The Charter of the UN, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men.
Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide. The first observance of a Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York.
Indeed women have over the years -dating back to medieval times-proved to be assets in not just homes, but have played significant roles in turning economies around.
The likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former United States First Lady, Hillary Clinton and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Hilda Thatcher readily come to mind as women who have demonstrated tenacity in their fields of endeavours.
In Ghana, many women have also demonstrated to the world that what men can do women can do even better.
Former Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Charlotte Osei, celebrated media gurus such as Gift Afenyi Dadzie, Gifty Anti, Adjoa Yeboah Afari, Elizabeth Ohene and many others have also proved that women are no longer ‘consigned to the kitchen.’
The DAILY HERITAGE, therefore doff its hat to all women, especially Ghanaian women who have defied all odds to be excellent managers of homes, offices and countries.
We encourage the younger generation of women to be inspired by the laurels achieved by the above mentioned names and many others to realise their dreams.
The days of men’s world where women were disregarded, we all agree, are over. Women now pay school fees, buy their own cars and put up mansions without the support of men.
We, thus, salute women and urge them to be courageous and fearless in their endeavours.