As the rights of women and girls around the world are being reduced and restricted, the United Nations today marked International Women's Day with calls for empowering and educating women and girls to reach gender equality in the work place.
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International Women's Day is a day to reflect on the need for every woman and girl to lead lives of dignity, equality and respect. The theme of this year's day is: "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030".
On International Women's Day, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked some remarkable Heads of Office what motivates them and what challenges they face as female leaders. These are their inspirational answers.
Access to new technologies is important for women in all societies - for access to information and to services, including for banking. Girls should be encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and maths, subjects which open up many opportunities, and more corporate effort is needed to promote women's participation and advancement in the technology sectors.
8 women. 8 locations. 8 different jobs and life stories. This year UNDP decided to mark International Women's Day with a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship and women's empowerment at the workplace. From Albania to Tajikistan, join us on this exhilarating journey.
Poverty, hunger, malnutrition: the solution to these global challenges rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work. Did you know that 52 per cent of Zimbabweans are women, and yet there are fewer women being represented in parliament (32%), local authority (16.7%) and in managerial positions in the private sector (21%)? Watch this animation to learn more.
International Women's Day UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to focus on the need for parental leave; Planet 50-50 gathers momentum in events around the world.
This year International Women's Day theme - Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 - is putting the spotlight on the gender pay gap, which has slid backwards in terms of progress: According to World Economic Forum's 2016 Global Gender Gap Index, South Asia is projected to close their gender gap in 46 years, Western Europe in 61 years, Latin America in 72 years and Sub-Saharan Africa in 79 years.
In her message for International Women's Day on 8 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of starting change in the home in order to "construct a different world of work for women".