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March 2011

55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

New York, USA, through 4 March 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 22 February to 4 March 2011. Representatives from Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. There will be a number of activities, including interactive dialogues and panels, during the two-week session.

This following highlights key focus areas of CSW 2011.

  • Priority Theme: Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
  • Review Theme: The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child
  • Emerging Issue: Gender equality and sustainable development
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Online discussion: Women in agriculture and food security - How can we turn rhetoric into reality?

Worldwide, 7 - 29 March 2011
Host / Sponsor: FAO

Achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is not only the right thing to do. It is also crucial for agricultural development and food security, as strongly stated by FAO’s latest report on The State of Food and Agriculture.

To move forward in the necessary effort to close the gender gap, the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition invites everyone interested to join its new online discussion, “Women in agriculture and food security: How can we turn rhetoric into reality?”, and share their views and experiences on policies, programmes and projects that have unleashed women’s potential for economic and social development.

Join Jennie Dey de Pryck, the facilitator, in looking at practical experiences and lessons learnt, to see what could be scaled up or replicated in the same or other countries.
» The full topic is available on the Forum’s webpage.
» To contribute please send an email to: fsn-moderator@fao.org or register to the Forum here
» For further information please contact: fsn-moderator@fao.org

International Women's Day 2011

Worldwide, 8 March 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Theme for International Women's Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.

In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. The Day is traditionally marked with a message from the Secretary-General.

» International Women's Day website | UN Women
» UN observances worldwide
» Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
» Message from UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet

Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011: The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education

Paris, France, 8 March 2011
Host / Sponsor: UNESCO

Headquarters Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011 “ The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education “, with a presentation of findings from the Report , by Ms Irina Bokova, with the participation of Ms Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse, the President of Maison Shalom, an NGO in Burundi and an exceptional woman who fights to protect children from the devastating effects of war and AIDS by providing them with education and a dignified and happy future.

The launch of the Global Monitoring Report 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day (IWD), for which the theme chosen this year by the United Nations is "Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work".

Mr. Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General of External relations and Information Sector, will moderate the event which will also feature presentations by Ms Nicole Bella, Policy Analyst, EFA Global Monitoring Report Team and Ms S. Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General.

» View live web cast ( 11am - 12:30pm local time, Paris, France)

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