International Women’s Day in Nauru is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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Nauru is one of the smallest nations on Earth, and yet, this tiny island nation of only around 10,000 people puts a big emphasis on International Women’s Day. Not only is it a national holiday, but the president of Nauru often gives a speech on women’s equality, followed up by a candlelight commemoration service in honour of the introduction of women’s suffrage.
In days gone by, women held fewer positions in the workforce in Nauru. At that time, however, Nauru’s wealth was great due to valuable phosphate mining. The mines were depleted and the profits mismanaged. Today, the economy is more diversified, and women fill over 40 percent of non-agricultural job positions.
There are also still some shortcomings and problems in Nauru, concerning treatment of women. Some complain they think the anti-rape laws are not strict enough. Others think domestic violence, sexual harassment, sex slavery, and sex tourism need to be cracked down on further.