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Pledge For Parity: International Women's Day 2016

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Women farmers in Central Asia. Photo: IWMI/Neil Palmer

March 8 International Women's Day provides a global opportunity for everyone - men and women - to pledge support to help accelerate gender parity. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133. We may wonder how much we can do individually to close the gap but research shows that each of us can take certain tangible actions that together make a difference.

As part of our strong commitment to gender equity and gender-responsive research, the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems invites you to join in and take the global Pledge For Parity in order to  help accelerate gender parity in all rural dryland areas where you live, work or study!

Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action - and with men and women joining forces - we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over.

Find out more at the official website: .