March 8 is International Women's Day. This day is celebrated worldwide to honor the achievements of women, and to raise awareness of the bias and discrimination that they still face.

Gender equality is a human right, but our world faces a persistent gap in access to opportunities and decision-making power between men and women. Women and girls make up half the world's population and half its potential. Yet, there are still many countries that do not have constitutional guarantees of equality between their male and female citizens.

Gender equality matters because "inequality between men and women penalises societies at all levels of development. The violence, injustice and stereotypes suffered by too many women in their personal or professional lives undermine society as a whole, and deprive.