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International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”
Celebrating women who push boundaries. Interviews with Yun Wang, Daisy Tam, Wu Judy Chin Tai, Toby Crispy, Fengru Lin, Violet Li, Samantha Sin, Ivy Ma, Nancy Liang, Carmen Ho, Alana Tsui, Xiaoning Lyu
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Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe to remember the achievements of women, raise awareness against gender bias, and take action for equality. Today belongs to all women groups everywhere. As the world reckons with the fallout of COVID-19, growing inequality, and accelerating climate disasters, the need for a shared plan to recover and transform economies and societies have never been clearer. When a crisis occurs, people’s lives change in an instant. Crises impact women, girls, boys, and men of all ages differently. Women are often the first responders to a crisis, and they play a central role in the survival and resilience of families and communities, but they still face stereotypes and discrimination. Today many women woke up facing more uncertainties than yesterday. The contemporary situation in Ukraine has shaken the balance of many families: many women are running away with children, other women have decided to stay and help, and even to fight. But women’s lives shouldn’t be a battlefield. The previous sentences that describe the situation of the last few weeks in Ukraine are also sentences of the common lexicon to describe the daily life of women, who do not live in a state where there is a war but are terms of comparison to describe the vicissitudes facing women. Women still have to fight for their rights. Women still try to conquer their own space and that the right time is dedicated to them. How long will this still be necessary? To be able to create a world that can solve today’s problems it’s necessary to have an equitable, and inclusive society. It is important to promote resilience and leverage women’s leadership. Recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response is the main step to building a more sustainable future for all. We want to thank all women that took part in this new special issue. We want to thank these women that shared their stories. These women every day in their lives committed and promote a better future, every woman with her profession, passion, and determination, in her uniqueness as an individual, is an inspiration, as part of the change the world needs for the planet and the new generations.