The theme for International Women’s Day 2022, a global celebration dedicated to uplifting women and honoring their achievements, is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”
President Joe Biden said:
On International Women’s Day, we recognize the achievements of women and girls in the United States and across the globe, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and recommit ourselves to the work that remains to deliver the full measure of equity, dignity, and opportunity due to all women and girls.
Every person deserves the chance to live up to their full God-given potential, without regard for gender or other factors. Ensuring that every woman and girl has that chance isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also a strategic imperative that advances the prosperity, stability, and security of our nation and the world. Yet too often, in too many places, women and girls face obstacles that limit their possibilities and undermine their participation in economic, political, and social life. These barriers have been exposed and exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected women’s labor force participation, elevated the burden on both paid and unpaid caregivers, and increased the incidence of gender-based violence.
Biden also said his administration has invested in child care and supported women’s economic opportunity through the American Rescue Plan; advanced women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution, stability, and security; and created a Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund to promote the economic security of women around the world.
In addition, he said his FY 2023 Budget will request $2.6 billion for foreign assistance programs that promote gender equality worldwide.
Celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing the strides women have made in their lives worldwide and also figuring out how you can take action in your daily life to raise up women in less fortunate circumstances.