International Women’s Day

Gender equality is imperative to building prosperous, inclusive economies so that everyone can have the opportunity to learn and prosper. This International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024, join us in celebrating the young women and girls in our community and the partners who challenge the status quo and address barriers that keep women from achieving their full potential.

Achieving gender equality takes bold and intentional investment in young women and girls. With our Young Africa Works Strategy, we are partnering with leaders across the continent to enable 30 million young Africans, 70 percent of whom will be young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

By investing in young women, we unlock a cascade of positive impacts that uplift entire communities. Let’s invest in creating a world that supports them.


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