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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
OHCHR

Today we honour the human rights struggle of millions of women who have demanded respect for their rights and the rights of others. The women’s movement has brought about tremendous change but we must also recognise that progress has been slow and extremely uneven.

UN News Centre

The United Nations human rights office today launched a joint report with the African Union and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women's struggle for human rights in Africa, while the UN rights chief warned that the women's movement around the world is facing a backlash that hurts both men and women.

UN Women

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. 

UNEP

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.

UNESCO

UNESCO will celebrate International Women's Day (8 March) at its Headquarters and field office with a roundtable debate on gender equality in the art world, an advocacy campaign for women to be better represented in the media, and an international art exhibition.

UNFPA

    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.

    The World Bank

    Join Rotary International, Oppenheimer, and The World Bank as we celebrate International Women's Day. Hosted and sponsored by the World Bank Group Staff Association, the session will illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve the lives of the less fortunate through innovative projects in the areas of education and health.

    UNFPA

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day - an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after fleeing the conflict in northern Syria, part of a wave of displacements that continues to grow.

    Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    UNESCO

      “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” These words by activist Gloria Steinem testify to the universal nature of the fight for women’s rights and once a year, on 8 March, we restate our commitment to gender equality as a force driving dignity for all.

      UN Women

        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.

        UN Women

        On Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women's Day.

        In Their Own Words: Fragments of Palestinian Women’s Stories
        UNRWA

        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.

        UN News Centre

        The United Nations focal point for ending conflict-related sexual violence is in Iraq where she today met with survivors of rape and other abuse by the Islamic State (ISIL).

        UN Women

          Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership.

          UN

            Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

            UN Women

              International Women's Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March, with events organized by UN Women in more than 50 countries around the globe, to galvanize attention on gender equality and women's rights issues. This year's theme will focus on "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.

              UNFPA

              LAMU, Keyna - Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. "I couldn't stop the bleeding. No one could," she said.

              ILO

              GENEVA/WASHINGTON - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Gallup will launch a joint report entitled Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March.

              A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi
              UN News Centre

              A senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the "world's deadliest and most dangerous for children and women," as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped.

              UN Women

              In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women's cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes.

              UNFPA

              KACHIN STATE, Myanmar - Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar's Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are 260 pregnant women. Many of them are sleeping on the roadside, unable to find shelter.

              FAO

              Malaythip Viengmany is a smallholder fish farmer from the village of Kangphosay, in Lao People's Democratic Republic. Like many in Kangphosay, her income and livelihood has been severely affected by recurring floods.

              UN News Centre

              The highest United Nations official tasked with advocating against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war urged today Libyan authorities to protect migrants from rape and other human rights violations.

              UN News Centre

              Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.

              UNHCR

              UNHCR welcomes a recent amendment to the nationality law in Madagascar, which gives men and women equal rights to pass on nationality to children. The new law also helps spouses and children to retain their nationality, if a partner or a parent loses theirs.

              UN

              Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. 

              WFP

              MADRID - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €700,000 contribution from the Government of Spain to support the health and nutritional status of pregnant and breastfeeding women in warn-torn Syria. WFP will use the Spanish contribution to improve women's access to fresh food items in order to improve their diet.

              UNFPA

              MORODIJEEX - It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, Somaliland. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the queue. They were seeking reproductive health services, offered through a UNFPA-supported campaign targeting marginalized populations.

              UNFPA

              PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia - "I still remember when my neighbour experienced complications during delivery. She passed away on the way to the referral hospital. It was terrifying," 16-year-old Kem Lean told UNFPA in the northern Cambodian province of Preah Vihear. "Now that I'm pregnant myself, I keep thinking that I don't want that to happen to me."

              UN News Centre

              Nearly a quarter of a million children and young people world-wide are bullied each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations educational and cultural agency, which found that bullies like to pick on children because of their looks, have ethnic or cultural differences, or due to gender or sexual orientation.

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