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International Women's Day
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women under the theme: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Join us to celebrate the activists working relentlessly to claim women’s rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban.
International Women's Day pages from the UN system:
Webcast: UN Observance of IWD
Stay tuned for the archived webcast of the UN observance of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. EST, in the General Assembly Hall, UN headquarters.
OFFICIAL UN COMMEMORATION EVENT
When: 10 a.m. EST, Thursday 8 March 2018
Where: General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York.
The UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2018 took place on Thursday, 8 March at UN Headquarters in New York. The event featured diverse voices, including António Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Monica Ramirez, co-founder and president of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actor and activist; Danai Gurira, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and activist; and senior officials and civil society representatives. The event was moderated by Sade Baderinwa, broadcast journalist from WABC, Channel 7, NY.
International Women's Day Messages 2018
This International Women's Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced. The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors.
In celebration of International Women's Day (8 March 2018), 63 stock exchanges around the world will host a bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment.
New York, 7 March - Coming on the heels of unprecedented global efforts for women's rights, equality and justice, International Women's Day, 8 March, will put a spotlight on the tireless work of activists who have been central to these extraordinary movements worldwide.
The stories of women who trade small goods across borders in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, often by unofficial routes to avoid cumbersome and costly customs crossings, came to life in Geneva at an UNCTAD photography exhibit and video screening, called “Borderline”, marking International Women’s Week, 5–9 March 2018.
On 7 March, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation ahead of International Women's Day, beginning at 12:15 PM (EST). This online event is an opportunity to discuss how we can transform the recent global momentum created by the women's movement into action, and to empower women in all settings, both rural and urban, to claim their rights and realize their full potential.
To fully understand the Caribbean region, one must look at migration and its effects. This region has experienced - and is still experiencing - several migratory movements which have contributed to the configuration of Caribbean societies. The feminization of migration, the emigration of skilled professionals to developed countries and intra-regional migration are some of the current trends in the region.
Sister Catharina is popularly known as "Sister Gender" or "Sister of Gender Equality" for her continuous promotion of gender equality in Lampung Province, Indonesia. Sister Catharina, who is a part of Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, has been a women's rights activist since 1997, supporting in particular women who are victims and survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
KATHMANDU, Nepal - In her home district in far-western Nepal, 19-year-old Sangita BK needs no introduction. She is well-known as an activist against child marriage. In the last three years, she has - on her own - stopped at least a dozen child marriages.
This year, International Women’s Day comes at a time of global agitation for women’s rights, equality and justice. This is a moment that screams for transformation and celebrates the activists and changemakers among us. The #TimeisNow for less talk and more action. Meet some of the women, among millions, who are changing the world.
This International Women's Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women's activism over the decades has paved the way for women's rights and a more equal future.
Right now women and men around the world are part of an unprecedented movement for women's rights, equality and justice. From global marches to social media campaigns like #MeToo, women are raising their voices in unison, calling out sexual harassment, organizing for unequal pay and women's political representation.
Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts.