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.
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Sepur Zarco was the first case of conflict-related sexual violence challenged under Guatemala's penal code. It was also the first time that a national court anywhere in the world had ruled on charges of sexual slavery during an armed conflict-a crime under international law. In its path-breaking
Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms. Chota's awareness of the inequalities that existed between girls and boys began at an early age. The way society groomed boys for professional careers and steered girls towards domestic chores led her to start dreaming of a more equal world.
Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women-half of the population-are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, "Democracy and Conflict Prevention", calls for "strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law".
On International Women's Day, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked some remarkable Heads of Office what motivates them and what challenges they face as female leaders. These are their inspirational answers.