Today, the world celebrates International Women's Day, a global honouring of womanhood and recognition of female economic, political and social achievements. To mark the occasion, we're asking our readers — both male and female — to wax lyrical about the special women in their lives; be it your mother, sister, girlfriend, wife, daughter, aunt, grandmother, gal pal, colleague or boss. Make your nominations in the comments; then post it on their social media page. Because they deserve it.
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To get the ball rolling, I'm going to do the predictable thing and nominate my lovely wife, who is easily the strongest and most courageous lady I know. She's also a saint for putting up with me. Over the past few years I've lost my wedding ring, taken her to McDonald's for our anniversary, interviewed a stripper "for work" and cannibalised her placenta — all with nary a complaint. For this and so much more, I salute you Jillian.
Now it's your turn. Let the women in your life know how great they are in the comments section below. (If you're a woman, feel free to nominate yourself too; it's your day and we want to honour you!)
Incidentally, the theme (and calls to action) for this year's International Women's Day is "“Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. While nominally a celebration, the event also serves as a reminder that a lot more needs to be done to improve gender equality around the world. You can find out more about International Women's Day 2017 at the UN Women website.
This article has been updated since its original publication.