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    Event webcast of the UN's official commemoration of International Women's Day 2016, New York, USA, on the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".

    UN Women

      In September 2015, world leaders answered a call by UN Women to step it up for gender equality. From China to Liberia, Brazil to France, here's a selection of what the heads of state said.

      UN News Centre

      Senior United Nations officials from around the world are marking International Women's Day with calls to "Step It Up" with more resources and greater political action to achieve gender equality by 2030.


      Despite significant progress over the past century, gender equality in the world of work remains an elusive goal. How can we establish a new blueprint for action to make the world of work, in all its dimensions, a more equitable place?

      8 March 2016

        The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations, through the Regional Coordination Mechanism, will observe the day in the Asia-Pacific region on 8 March, building momentum for the effective implementation of Gender Equality principles and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.


          As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. "They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again," my mother explained.

          UN News Centre

          The United Nations is working to ensure that the victims involved in four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have access to the help they need, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

          UN News Centre

          Atefah "Atti" Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times - a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.

          11 February 2016

            To commemorate the very first observance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a High-Level Forum will be held on 11 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and DESA-DSPD. You can register here.

            6 February 2016

              The 2016 theme for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female  Genital Mutilation is "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."