This was originally posted byåÊBy Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador on the UNICEF websiteåÊ We are very proud to know Susanna and how the work she put into her stay at Camp Kenya has affected her work and ours. To celebrate International Women’s day the 8th March in her role as young ambassador she has written this blog. How come there isn‰Ûªt International Men‰Ûªs Day? It‰Ûªs the question that relentlessly pursues me whenever I pin on my purple ribbon on 8th March. It can be jocular, whingey, dismissive or indignant, but somehow regardless of its tenor, that question dominates my life each year on International Women‰Ûªs Day. I‰Ûªve tried responding with a patient but bemused smile. I‰Ûªve also tried pulling out my top ten statistics on the economic status of women around the world, quoting world leaders and deflecting it with a hasty ‰Û÷Is that really the point though?‰Ûª So this year, as aåÊYoung Ambassador, I‰Ûªm trying this new response. As an organisation dedicated to acting in the best interests of children, UNICEF Australia recognises International Women‰Ûªs Day as being of tremendous importance for girls. It‰Ûªs a day when our attention is drawn to the untapped potential of the women who make up seventy per cent of the world‰Ûªs citizens living in poverty. We are also reminded that a staggering seventy per cent of the world‰Ûªs children out of school are girls. As we celebrate inspirational women, a spot-light is simultaneously turned on the need to prepare girls to take on more decision-making positions. Why isn‰Ûªt there an International Men‰Ûªs Day? Well, it‰Ûªs because it is girls who are disproportionately affected by humanitarian issues around the world. This year, International Women‰Ûªs Day pays particular attention to the livelihoods of women in rural areas with the themeåÊEmpower rural women: End hunger and poverty. In her statement for International Women‰Ûªs Day, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director UN Women said, “Nowhere are disparities and barriers greater than in rural areas for women and girls”. These words came to life for me on a recent trip to Kenya where I spent time teaching in two rural village schools. Both schools were tackling girls‰Ûª school attendance through improving the provision of toilets and sanitary pads. These practical measures are a clear-cut acknowledgement of the additional participatory challenges that rural girls face, just because they are girls. Together, we must work towards the empowerment of women by providing for girls. We‰Ûªve got a lot to think about today celebrating the special women and girls in our lives. But let‰Ûªs also take time to remember our commitment to the third UN Millennium Development Goal – promote gender equality and empower women. International Women‰Ûªs Day is not about ignoring half the world‰Ûªs population. It‰Ûªs about communities (yes, that‰Ûªs men and women) pausing to consider the potential of girls and planning ways to maximise their participation in educational, vocational and decision-making opportunities. International Women‰Ûªs Day is a time to invest in the women of tomorrow. Please do take part. Interested in International Women‰Ûªs Day and its connection to global development? Read more at To find out how Camps International have taken Susanna’s advice on board and are now involved in fundraising for projects to improve the education of women in our communities read more here.