One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. It happens in every country and every society. It happens at home, in schools, on the streets, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. It happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalized and goes unpunished. No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped.
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Girls are a source of energy, power, and creativity—and they can drive change and help build a better future for us all. Yet, most girls continue to face challenges, violence, and discrimination that prevent them from realizing their full potential and rights.
Commemorated annually on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl puts a spotlight on the needs and challenges girls face around the world, while advocating for girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
On 18 September 2018, UN Member States will convene for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) at UN Headquarters in New York. The annual General Debate bringing together world leaders to discuss global issues will take place from Tuesday 25 September to Monday 1 October.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. It is a chance to show the FAO’s commitment to ending hunger by 2030, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Plan.
Since 2008, the International Day of the Rural Woman has been marked annually on 15 October. This day recognizes the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in agricultural and rural development. Historically women have improved food security in their communities and have aided in diminishing rural poverty and enhanced agricultural development in developing countries.
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a vast and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future and investing in girl’s education, health and safety during times of peace and crisis would help address the disadvantages, and discrimination girls face everywhere - all over the world – daily.
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
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.