The day is also a call to action through events large and small focusing on equality. Sky News are marking today's 100th International Women's Day with an all female line-up. We know that, for people trying to escape domestic abuse, fear of the perpetrator finding out is a barrier to victims seeking support. For women between 25-35 years in particular, this becomes even more daunting as even before they can make significant progress in their careers, they might be seen as a potential financial liability. A strong call to #PressForProgress.
It is not about an individual country, group organisation or race.
"Kristine Bartlett being named the 2018 New Zealander of the Year, for her work on the pay equity campaign for low paid care workers, is hugely inspirational and it gives me hope that it might not take the 200 years to reach gender equality that has been predicted". But other events are also being held, some of which, according to Dr Gabrielle Hosein, head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, address issues of policy and the history of women's organising, among others.
Advocacy, activism and support for women has been growing with movements such as #TimesUp, #MeToo and TIME magazine's The Silence Breakers.
In Fiji, Soqosoqo Vakamarama president Adi Finau Tabakaucoro said women should be given equal opportunities in our societies. Just imagine what Parliament would be like with more women who are known to make wise and balanced decisions. And I met countless women who chose to throw their hat in the ring and run for office themselves, so that they could improve their communities for their families and neighbors.
Happy International Women's Day! Since the start of my tenure past year, I have set change in motion at United Nations headquarters, in our peacekeeping missions and in all our offices worldwide.
It's you who are making the difference in so many lives - And I am one of them. While every International Women's Day is a time where we acknowledge the power of women and the progress our society has made each Women's Day also has a different theme.
"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world", UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said in a statement discussing the theme of this year.
This set the ball rolling as women across the world started protesting in a similar fashion for better working conditions and political rights. She added today's woman is independent and self-reliant in every respect and is capable of doing everything.
In 2011, former US President Barack Obama designated March "Women's History Month". Women, he says, have already taken on leadership at parish and diocesan level, but one place where they have a less prominent role is in the Vatican. But, because of entrenched gender inequalities and discrimination, rural women fare far worse than rural men and urban women: "less than 20% are landowners+ and while the global pay gap between men and women stands at 23%, in rural areas it can be as high as 40%".