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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:

United Nations
UN Women
International Labour Organization
International Organization for Migration

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.


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.

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