Women and girls are being treated as unequal in this world until today. They continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Women are not only discriminated against on the basis of gender, but on the basis of the concept of age difference. Building up the role of women is also a part of the development of a country. The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls. Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year is “I’m Generation Equality, Realizing Women’s Rights.” We honor the great women who are working hard in their respective fields on this International Women’s Day.
A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. On 20 December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on science, technology and innovation for development, in which it recognized that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day (February 11) to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.
On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development. One of KT Care’s development philosophies is that every person has the right to a decent education. Therefore, KT Care provides scholarships to students and contributes to building the educational infrastructure of Myanmar. The Scholarship Program provides financial support for 3-5 years (including fees for accommodation in a hostel, meals, tuition, stationery and other necessities) to disadvantaged students with high academic achievement, to pursue studies at national universities. In addition, some scholarship students also work as interns at KT Care Foundation as part of their training. So far, KT Care has funded 171 students successfully.
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage. The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.”
On every October 10, thousands of people celebrate World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for global mental health education,awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. The overall objective of this day is to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide.In some countries, this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.This recommendation outlines the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
Did you know today is the international day of older persons? Let’s take a moment to congratulate the older persons in this special day.
In Myanmar society, people with 60 years of age or above are regarded as older persons and it’s seen as polite for younger people to give respect to them. The total number of older persons in Myanmar is 5,443,000 in total according to a report by ‘Help Age International’. Among the older persons, some of them have relatives or family members to take care of them while some don’t. For older persons with no one to look after them, their only solution is to go to ‘home for elderly persons’. The first person who established a place for elderly in Myanmar is Daw Oo Zune. Since then, a number of homes for elderly persons have been growing in Myanmar.