Women’s empowerment and gender equality are ‘essential to global progress’, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres stressed in his message for International Women's Day (Friday, March 8) which this year puts “innovation by women and girls, for women and girls”, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
People around the world held rallies to show solidarity with the massive Women’s March on Washington, which drew an estimated 3 million protesters across the United States on President Donald Trump’s second day in office.
On a gloomy weather in a hilly suburb in Tarabonia, three women keep themselves busy stitching clothes. The informal shop-cum tailoring outlet is the only one of its kind in the neighborhood and so the shop has a good record of sales of apparels. Minu Bai Marma, a 27 year-old housewife who runs the rented shop, gives a smile and attends to her regular customers. Customers keep ordering for new dresses, especially before festivals and Minu and her husband earn a fairly good amount of profits to run the family.