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xIoTz celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024

March 2, 2024

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Introduction 

Every year, on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD), a day dedicated to acknowledging the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The theme for IWD 2024 is “Inspire Inclusion.” This theme encourages us to reflect on how we can create a world where all women feel seen, heard, and empowered to participate in every aspect of society.

Origin of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) has its origins in the early 20th century, stemming from labor movements in North America and Europe.

  • Early Observations: The first observance of International Women’s Day can be traced back to February 23, 1913, when Russian women marked the occasion by campaigning for peace on the eve of World War I.
  • Inspiration from Labor Movements: International Women’s Day was inspired by labor movements advocating for better working conditions, suffrage, and gender equality.
  • Garment Workers’ Strike: The Socialist Party of America designated March 8th in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against poor working conditions.
  • Global Recognition: Over time, International Women’s Day gained global recognition as a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women worldwide.

The Significance of International Women’s Day in 2024

In 2024, International Women’s Day (IWD) holds profound significance as it aligns with various global themes and campaigns, reflecting the ongoing fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment:

  • Campaign Theme: The official campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is “Inspire Inclusion,” emphasizing the importance of understanding and valuing women’s inclusion.
  • UN Women’s Day Theme: The theme for UN Women’s Day 2024 is in line with the demands of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2023, underscoring the continued efforts to combat gender-based violence.
  • Focus on Economic Empowerment: The broader focus of IWD 2024 is on accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment, as reflected in the theme “Count Her In:  Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment”.
  • Addressing Urgent Needs: In contrast to symbolic gestures, the emphasis in 2024 is on addressing the urgent need for gender equality through tangible actions.

Empowering Women through “Inspire Inclusion”

  • Economic Empowerment: Implement programs supporting women’s entrepreneurship and financial independence.
  • Talent Development: Foster strategies for recruiting, retaining, and developing female talent in organizations.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Actively promote women in leadership, decision-making, business, and STEM roles.
  • Inclusive Infrastructure: Design and build infrastructure considering the specific needs of women for accessibility and safety.
  • Informed Health Decisions: Implement initiatives for informed health decisions, focusing on education and healthcare access.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Involve women in sustainable agriculture practices for food security.
  • Education Access: Establish programs for women and girls to access quality education and training.
  • Women in Sports: Elevate women’s participation and achievements in sports through support and advocacy.
  • Artistic Talent Recognition: Promote and celebrate the creative and artistic talents of women and girls.
  • Holistic Advancement: Address additional areas like mental health support and work-life balance for comprehensive women’s advancement.

Cyber Achievements of Women:

  1. Jamie Smith: Recognized as a top leader in cybersecurity, she holds a prominent position at RSA Security.
  2. Poornima DeBolle: Known for her contributions, she serves as a key figure at Menlo Security, making significant strides in the industry.
  3. Jadee Hanson: A leader at Code 42, she has made notable achievements in cybersecurity, contributing to the field’s advancement.
  4. Cheryl VanVoorhees: With her role at Optiv Security, she has demonstrated expertise and leadership in cybersecurity.
  5. Meg Berry: Contributing to the industry’s growth, she holds a significant position in cybersecurity at Cisco.
  6. Anna Collard: A notable figure, she champions initiatives promoting well-being and inclusivity in the cybersecurity industry.

Cyber Threats on Women

Cyber Threat

Description

Online Harassment and Cyberbullying

Women may face harassment, bullying, or stalking through social media platforms, emails, or messaging apps. Perpetrators may use explicit language, threats, or the spread of false information to harm the victim’s reputation.

Revenge Porn

Involves the non-consensual sharing of intimate or explicit images or videos, often as a form of revenge or control. Perpetrators may use these images to blackmail or shame the victim.

Phishing and Social Engineering

Women can be targeted through phishing emails or messages that appear to be from trustworthy sources, attempting to trick them into revealing sensitive information or login credentials.

Online Dating Scams

Criminals may target women on dating platforms to establish a fake romantic connection and then exploit them financially or emotionally.

Impersonation

Attackers might create fake social media profiles impersonating women to deceive others or engage in malicious activities.

Doxxing

Involves the public release of private information such as home addresses, phone numbers, or workplace details, which can lead to physical or online harassment.

Online Misogyny

Women may encounter sexist or misogynistic content, comments, or threats online, contributing to a hostile online environment.

Tech-Facilitated Domestic Abuse

Abusers may use technology to control, monitor, or stalk their partners, exploiting devices and online platforms to extend their abusive behavior.

Invasion of Privacy

Unlawful access to personal accounts, emails, or devices can compromise a woman’s privacy and security.

Bias and Discrimination

Women may face discrimination, bias, or exclusion in online spaces, ranging from sexist content to the development of biased algorithms affecting their online experiences.

Taking Action: How You Can Get Involved

Support Women-Owned Businesses

One way to make a difference is by supporting women-owned businesses and enterprises. By purchasing products and services from women entrepreneurs, you contribute to economic empowerment and gender equality.

Advocate for Policy Change

Raise your voice and advocate for policy changes that promote gender equality and women’s rights. Whether it’s through petitions, lobbying efforts, or grassroots activism, your actions can make a difference in shaping a more equitable society.

Celebrate Women’s Achievements

Take the time to celebrate the achievements of women in your community and around the world. Whether it’s sharing their stories on social media, organizing events, or simply expressing gratitude, celebrating women’s accomplishments helps inspire others and drive positive change.

xIoTz in International Women’s Day

  • High Female Workforce: With over 40% women employees, xIoTz surpasses industry averages, actively promoting gender diversity within their company culture.
  • Leadership Representation: Having a female founder and CEO (Aradhana Rai) serves as a powerful symbol of breaking down barriers and showcasing opportunities for women in the cybersecurity field.
  • Challenging stereotypes: By showcasing successful women in cybersecurity and supporting diversity within their organization, xIoTz helps break down traditional assumptions about the field and encourages girls to explore their potential.
  • Building a more inclusive industry: By promoting gender diversity and supporting initiatives for girls in STEM, xIoTz contributes to fostering a more welcoming and inclusive environment for women in the cybersecurity industry.

Conclusion

International Women’s Day 2024 is a time to celebrate progress, recognize challenges, and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

Experience the transformative influence of xIoTz on International Women’s Day! Our impactful contributions showcase an inspiring model, demonstrating the incredible positive changes achievable through collective commitment and action.

As we reflect on the achievements of women past and present, let us also look ahead with hope and determination, knowing that together, we can create a world where every woman and girl can thrive.

Reference

en.wikipedia.org – International Women’s Day

sdg.iisd.org – Event: International Women’s Day 2024 | SDG Knowledge Hub

intelligentcxo.com – International Women’s Day 2024: Inspiring inclusion is more …

International Women’s Day 2024: ‘Invest in women – businessgrowthhub.com

International Women’s Day 2024 (8th March), Theme … – oliveboard.in

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