It is with great pride that Nukoko celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day is an annual celebration honouring of the social, economic, and human rights achievements of women around the globe.
2011 marks a special year – the 100 year anniversary of the day. Beginning in Europe in 1911, more than one million women and men attended rallies where they calling for the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to work. Later adopted by the United Nations, the day is about remembering the battles long fought to build societies on strong foundations of gender equality. It is about celebrating what women have done, what they are doing, and what they will accomplish in the future.
There is still much to be done. Women’s access to education, the workforce, and health care have improved. Yet there are still many places where women are not afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts.
OPPORTUNITY BEGINS WITH EDUCATION
The empowerment of women is rooted in education. Women who gain literacy and math skills through formal education are more likely to become leaders in their communities, setting examples for the next generation. Despite this fact, 55 percent of African women are not enrolled in primary school. This sets women on a course for inequality that will last their whole lives.
Nukoko is an organization that strives to eradicate gender inequality by empowering women through education – a basic human and democratic right reaffirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Currently, Nukoko is helping over 600 girls go to school through its Education4All program (link to latest report). Nukoko is further working with women to empower them to take action and improve their communities through sustainable development initiatives. Nukoko wishes to help every girl reach their highest potential, breeding future gender equality, and ultimately bring their communities out of poverty.