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September 21, 2016
IUBCCI representatives participated in the Buffalo Solidarity Movement Event organized by the Erie County Legislator, Ms. Betty Jean Grant
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IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity
"Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women's Day 2016?
We say by Pledging For Parity!

Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity."

Commit to take action to accelerate gender parity!

On September 21st 2016 at the Merriweather Library in Buffalo, NY took place a dialogue between the original 15 organizations of the Buffalo Solidarity Movement Coalition and other non-governmental organizations.

The multitude of pro peace organizations have come together in Buffalo to form the Buffalo Solidarity Movement coalition. The primary focus behind the coalition is to work with city leaders to tackle the problematic issues of violence in communities, especially as it pertains to youth, and help them find decent jobs that will increase the economic potential in the area.

The International Union of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry was represented by Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu, the Secretary General of IUBCCI, who at the official invitation of the Erie County Legislator, Ms. Betty Jean Grant spoke in front of the distinguished representatives of the organizations present and, on behalf of IUBCCI, called for the leaders to help youth to become productive members of the society and transition from a reactive stand to a proactive stand.