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International Women's Day Celebrated in NV and Worldwide

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Undersecretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women speaks out on International Women's Day. (U.N. Women)
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Undersecretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women speaks out on International Women's Day. (U.N. Women)
March 8, 2016

LAS VEGAS - Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, part of Women's History Month.

"U.N. Women" - the United Nations agency on women's empowerment - is working to improve issues common to women in the U.S. and across the world, including equal pay for equal work.

Recently, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa, the United Nations Undersecretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women, visited the United States to talk about the global crusade for parity.

"Women's talents are not valued, and there's actually a historic attitude that says men are breadwinners and women are caregivers," she says. "You can pay women less, because there is someone at home who looks after them. Really?"

In Nevada, women still only make about 75 cents on the dollar compared to men.

Tonight, the Nevada Women's Lobby celebrates International Women's Day with a dinner and reception at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, honoring Nevada First District Congresswoman Dina Titus.

Mlambo-Ngucka also brought up the issue of fair treatment of domestic workers, and the importance of bringing them out of the shadow economy.

"Just by countries creating domestic legislation, it enables domestic workers to have a protected work environment, to be able to get minimum wage, to qualify for maternity leave," she says. "Millions of women's lives change."

The U.N. also is promoting better political representation for women. U.N. statistics say women make up 11 to 22 percent of legislators around the world.

Only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and just over 19 percent of U.S. House members are women.

In comparison, Nevada looks quite a bit better, 33 percent of the state legislature is female.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV