The former governor said in spite of the situation the country found itself, women had demonstrated themselves as the hope of the world.
He stressed that women were custodian of men and children, noting their love will take the nation out of captivity.
“Considering the roles of women in our society, they are worth to be celebrated. They are the salt of the world.
“We love them and we will not cease to celebrate them and they should not refrain from keeping hope alive,” he said.
The day throws the spotlight on women and their rights.
“Beginning early 1900s, IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
“The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality,” according to the official IWD website.