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Equality for women, progress for all

10.03.2017

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Women’s Day, which is celebrated on 8 March, serves as a reminder that much work remains to be done in order to achieve full gender equality. Even after a century of celebrating 8 March as an international holiday devoted to the economic, political and social equality of women and women’s achievements in over 100 countries throughout the world, inequality and discrimination remain in society. In fact, society has not yet responded appropriately to the needs of women and this fact still causes gender inequalities.

However, improvements are still possible. For example, Slovenia is ranked an impressive eighth out of the 144 countries listed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. This index measures the gender gap in terms of health, educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity, and political empowerment. Slovenia has made great strides, particularly in the last of these categories, having recorded strong results in terms of the participation of women in politics, and will continue to foster measures to enhance gender equality.

On the celebration of International Women’s Day, 50 women who follow their goals, challenge the limits of what is possible and break apathy in all its forms were nominated for the Slovenian Woman of the Year award. The winner was Ana Roš, who had been named The World’s Best Female Chef by The World's 50 Best Restaurants organisation.

Every woman is exceptional and each has special role and task to fulfil, explained Prime Minister Miro Cerar in his address at the event, before adding that he was happy to live in the EU, which grants equality to women and strives to ensure equal opportunities for all.

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