International Women’s Day: Former And Current Women Heads Of State Sign Open Letter Pushing For Women’s Rights

A woman attends a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Madrid, Friday, March 8, 2019. Marches and protests are held Friday across the globe to mark International Women’s Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women’s achievements and aims to further their rights. Thousands of women walked off the job in Spain, joining millions more around the world demanding equality amid a persistent salary gap, violence and widespread inequality.
A woman attends a rally to mark International Women's Day in Madrid, Friday, March 8, 2019. Marches and protests are held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further their rights. Thousands of women walked off the job in Spain, joining millions more around the world demanding equality amid a persistent salary gap, violence and widespread inequality. Bernat Armangue / AP Photo
A woman attends a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Madrid, Friday, March 8, 2019. Marches and protests are held Friday across the globe to mark International Women’s Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women’s achievements and aims to further their rights. Thousands of women walked off the job in Spain, joining millions more around the world demanding equality amid a persistent salary gap, violence and widespread inequality.
A woman attends a rally to mark International Women's Day in Madrid, Friday, March 8, 2019. Marches and protests are held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further their rights. Thousands of women walked off the job in Spain, joining millions more around the world demanding equality amid a persistent salary gap, violence and widespread inequality. Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

International Women’s Day: Former And Current Women Heads Of State Sign Open Letter Pushing For Women’s Rights

Today is International Women’s Day! In late February, a group of global women leaders, including current and former heads of state, signed an open letter, calling for government and private sector leaders to take legal and social action to promote gender inclusion and female empowerment. “[W]e see now … more movements gaining traction which seek to halt the gains made and erode the rights won by women,” the letter reads in part. “This regression is what fuels our collective effort now.” We are joined by Catherine Bertini, a signatory of the open letter. She is a Rockefeller Foundation fellow and a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Bertini previously served as a United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of the United Nations World Food Program.