After my initial elation at the rise of conferences for women, I decided to dig deeper and check if anything substantive is being accomplished at these events. Or are women's conferences simply an excuse for a feel good work day away from the office?
Sunday, March 8 marked International Women's Day, a celebration of women worldwide that dates back to 1977 when the UN General Assembly challenged its members to declare a day for women's rights and world peace.
How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?
Education is important for everyone -- most of us agree. So why is it that in many countries girls do not walk alongside boys? Why do girls have to cover their books and risk their lives to learn? Books are our future, and we believe that education is a fundamental right.
Our world cannot afford to sideline women any longer. Without women, strong and sustainable growth cannot be achieved. The evidence is solid. And yet no country can claim to have fully achieved gender equality.
It is to celebrate women to be sure - one mustn't be too dour about these things - and there are many ways of doing so. But there are certainly options more in keeping with the spirit of the day than pushing cliches and gift-giving while ignoring the plight of women the rest of the year.
Just a day? While we've been granted a few seats at the table, they seem to be the fold-away, temporary type.
Making equal rights a reality is essential to all our economies, to the health of our friends and families and our communities.
The reality is, to truly respond to gender-based violence, we need a holistic approach that seeks to change attitudes and social norms, ensure legal protections and train law enforcement, and provide the services necessary for survivors to seek effective recourse and heal.
A stay-at-home mom is sometimes considered anti-feminist, but what's really anti-feminist is thinking that women are incapable of making their own life choices, whether that be staying at home and raising a family or pursuing a career or some combination of the two that works for them.
This is the truth of what happens to women and girls around the world. We are brutalized and then re-victimized because in some way the violence visited us was "our fault." We see this in the United States and around the world.
In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday, I share America's Cricket Couple -- the story of a woman cricketer, her husband, and how playing cricket together impacts their lives.
Today marks the 107th International Women's Day. On this day, we recognize how far we've come in achieving critically important rights for women, but we must also acknowledge just how far we still have to go.
Today I felt privileged today to live in the first country in the world to see the sun and to be the first country to celebrate the International Women's Day with women's organisations from all over the world.
It will take more than a verbal statement to persuade either Iran of Saudi Arabia to lift restrictions on women's sports. To achieve that, Mr. Blatter would have to put a sufficiently high price tag on their failure to do so.
For more than 100 years, people around the globe have been acknowledging this day -- March 8 -- as International Women's Day. Many world leaders are now recognizing what we at the Mona Foundation have known for over 15 years: Strategically investing in women and girls transforms communities and can heal the world.