The International Womens Day, March 8th, is an opportunity to remind the world of womens economic, political and social achievements. Gender equality is crucial for the development process and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Despite the progress that has been made, women represent 60 percent of the worlds poorest, less than 16 percent of the world’s parliamentarians, two thirds of the worlds illiterate and, both in times of armed conflict and behind closed doors at home, they are still systematically subjected to violence. Yet, stories of women show resilience, strength and courage. They are key players in democratic governance, poverty alleviation, crisis prevention, environment protection and response to HIV/AIDS.
In Syria and Yemen, women turn to traditional skills to improve their lives.