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International Women's Day
The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day, 8 March, 2017 is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. The world of work is changing, and with significant implications for women. On the one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts — all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment. Read more »
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UN commemoration event
The UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2017 took place on Wednesday, 8 March, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the Trusteeship Council Chamber in the UN Secretariat, New York. The event featured diverse voices, including António Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General; Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly; Lana Nusseibeh, President of the UN Women Executive Board; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Anne Hathaway, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and American award-winning actor; Casar Jacobson, Disability activist and Youth Champion, and representatives from Member States. Read more: Flyer | Media advisory
The event was webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
International Women's Day Messages 2017
GENEVA / WASHINGTON - The ILO-Gallup report, "Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men ", provides a first-ever account of global attitudes and perceptions of women and men regarding women and work.
8 March 2017, Rome - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women's Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.
Nearly 1 million women are becoming infected with HIV every year and only half of all women living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatment-making AIDS now the leading cause of death worldwide among women between the ages of 30 and 49.
ROME - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women's Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.
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.
For #WomensDay, we asked women around the world why work is important. Here's what they said. Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xepn2Ekia3c Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb [at] unhcr.org or tibaw [at] unhcr.org.
The eAtlas shows the gender gaps from primary to tertiary education using the latest available data from the UIS. With about 100 interactive maps and charts, the eAtlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories.
On International Women's Day, UNICEF honors everyday heroes like Consuelo, an inspiring woman raising her 4-year-old great granddaughter Allizon in Cayo, Belize. In this heartwarming story Consuelo tells us that all she can give her great granddaughter is love.
Video message of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) for International Women's Day. Women play an important role in agriculture and food systems. Achieving gender equality and empowering women are crucial ingredients in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, said José Graziano da Silva.
Former refugee, Rez Gardi is the first female Kurdish lawyer in New Zealand and Young New Zealander of the Year 2017. Rez believes International Women’s Day is an important time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and support one another to achieve their goals.
It is eight o’clock in the morning. As punctual as ever, Jamila Ali Hassan, 30, opens the creaking door of the Dairy Retail Cooperative in the Melkadida refugee camp, ready to receive the farmers who beat a path to the door.
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.
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.
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".
In commemoration of International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four inspiring women’s rights activists. These women are leaders in their countries and communities. All have overcome enormous barriers to raise their voices on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized. These four women stood up to demand equality. You should, too.
Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman.
From Syria to Jordan, these stories show fragments of women’s lives, shedding light on their triumphs and at times their losses. They all tell a similar story of courage, resourcefulness and a will to choose life and hope in the face of adversity.
Come on a virtual tour of Brazil, West Africa and Mongolia to gain insight into the world of women and work with World Bank Senior Director for Gender Caren Grown and vlogger Pabsy Pabalan-Mariano.
Join UN Women on International Women's Day as we put a spotlight on women in the changing world of work.
In the face of family and cultural pressure, Mother Aysha has been working for more than 35 years, buying and selling clothes in the markets of Gaza and making dresses with traditional Palestinian embroidery. This video is the winner of the Best Short Award at the UN Documentary Film Festival in New York.