International Women’s Day: 8 March

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International Women’s day is an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to stand up for change, and to celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary women who have changed the world through their words and actions.


This International Women’s Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. Watch the video below to hear from some of these women.

Many challenges still face women – parity in pay, secure employment, representation in national parliaments, bullying and harassment, forced labour, child marriage, legal protection against domestic sexual violence…these  are just some of the issues that require constant effort and attention. We invite you to consider these issues by reflecting with the materials we prepared for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December 2017).

‘Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.’

-UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Message for International Women’s Day 2018

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