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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.

UN Women

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".


UN Secretary-General António Guterres' hails women for their many contributions on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017. This year's theme is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030".

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

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.

The World Bank

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.

UN Women

Join UN Women on International Women's Day as we put a spotlight on women in the changing world of work. 

UN Women

UN Women expert Shahra Razavi reveals the real value of unpaid care, and how we can reduce the burden on women by tackling entrenched stereotypes.


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.

UN Women

Globalization, digital innovation and climate change, among other factors, continue to change the world in which we work - posing both challenges as well as opportunities in realizing women's economic potential for a better tomorrow. Explore just some facts on where women stand today in the changing world of work.