“Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”
3 March 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 1
Panel Discussion on Beijing at 15: The Unfinished Agenda
Opening Segment: 10 am – 10:45 am
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Ms. Meng Xiaosi, Minister and Vice-Chairperson of the National Committee on Women and Children, People’s Republic of China H. E. Mr. Audon Lysbakken, Minister for Gender Equality and Children’s Affairs, Norway
Interactive Panel: 11 am – 12 pm
Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Ms. Gertrude Mongella, Secretary-General, Fourth World Conference on Women Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Former Chair of CSW/ Chair Asia Pacific NGO Forum Ms. Tarcila Zea, Foro Intercontinental de Mujeres Indígenas Ms. Amy Tang, “Because I am a Girl” Initiative, Plan
Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, Senior correspondent PBS/ Host National Public Radio
Event organized by the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI), the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the Department of Public Information (DPI).
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
International Women’s Day: FAO, WFP and IFAD honour Haitian women
Rome-based UN agencies FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) marked International Women’s Day by pledging to help women affected by the Haiti earthquake make the challenging transition from emergency recovery to long-term resilience.
In keeping with the UN theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all,” the event at WFP headquarters was held in memory of three prominent women’s rights activists who lost their lives during the earthquake - Anne Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlet and Magalie Marcelin.
International Women's Day 2010: Women Changing the Face of Nuclear Industry
Unrestricted by gender stereotypes that ruled the nuclear industry in the past, women today are working as nuclear engineers, project managers, inspectors, chemists, physicists, environmentalists and management members. This is evident at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says resident Gender Concerns specialist Kaisa Clark, "There have been significant increases in the past ten years of the number of professional women employed at the IAEA, particularly in the nuclear safeguards, nuclear energy, nuclear applications and technical cooperation departments."
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Rome-based United Nations agencies call for action to support rural women in Haiti
At the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March 2010, the Rome-based United Nations agencies - the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – organized a joint event honouring the resilience of women in Haiti.
Participants noted that rural women and farmers had not received enough attention in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. Rural women were also affected by the destruction of their homes and farming equipments, non functioning of local markets and displacement of population from urban to rural areas. Participants launched an urgent call for action to the international community to support rural women in Haiti in particular women farmers at the beginning of the spring planting season.
The International Labour Office cordially invites you to a celebration of International Women’s Day, which will be held on Monday, 8 March 2010 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 2, ILO building, 4 route des Morillons, Geneva.
15 years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing decided on a global platform for action on gender equality and women’s empowerment. ILO’s message to the Beijing Conference was «All Women are Working Women». And 8 March 2010 gives us the opportunity to share experiences on what successes have occurred since then. The distinguished panel brought together for this year’s celebration will share success stories, and highlight some remaining challenges, towards achieving true gender equality in the world of work.
On the panel will be representatives of both employers and workers organizations, as well as government representatives, from diverse countries and backgrounds.
The event will be chaired by Her Excellency Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations at Geneva, Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body.
On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS, IAS and 14 partners launch new agenda to improve scientific research for women and children
As the world marks International Women’s Day, there is growing concern that women and children are bearing the brunt of the AIDS epidemic. To turn the tide, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Society (IAS) and 14 other leading public and private sector organizations have teamed up to release a new scientific research agenda.
The report called, “Asking the Right Questions: Advancing an HIV Research Agenda for Women and Children” includes 20 specific recommendations to expand and improve responses to the HIV-related challenges facing women and children worldwide.
On 8 March, the world marks International Women's Day. This year's theme is «Equal Rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all », which complements the OHCHR's special focus in 2010 on non-discrimination. Haiti lost three of its most renowned women’s rights leaders to the earthquake. Anne Marie Coriolan, Magalie Marcelin and Myriam Merlet will remain an inspiration for survivors.
International Women’s Day: an Outlook on Haiti
Over 1.3 million people live in makeshift shelters on the once buzzing streets of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and its environs. Those who survived the 12 January earthquake are now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives out of the ruins of a city already stricken by poverty. For Haitian women, this is proving even more difficult because of their additional family responsibilities.
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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
International Women's Day: UNHCR chief stresses need for equality
As UNHCR offices around the world marked International Women's Day on Monday, High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said it was vital that all people of concern to the agency, male and female, are given equal opportunities and are able to realize their individual rights on an equal basis.
Guterres, in a special message to staff, added that this year's theme, Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All, was "a principle UNHCR has already committed to implementing through, for example, its strategy for Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming."
International Women’s Day: Special podcast on education and gender equality
This year, International Women’s Day is focusing on the theme: “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.” Though significant progress has been made towards gender parity and equality in education, many challenges remain.
According to latest UNICEF estimates, girls make up more than half of the 101 million children of primary school age that are not in school.
To look at the advances made and challenges ahead for girls’ education, moderator Amy Costello spoke to Tamara Kreinin, executive director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, and the Honourable Ambassador Professor Samson Kagengo Ongeri, Kenya’s Minister of Education and UNICEF Champion for Child-Friendly Schools.
Statement on International Women's Day by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
Right now, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is gathering in New York to review progress towards gender equality since the groundbreaking Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. That landmark conference recognized the barriers women face in achieving full equality, and an internationally agreed plan to address the problem, titled the Beijing Platform for Action, was adopted.
In the fifteen years since 1995, despite genuine progress on many fronts, overall advancement toward gender equality and women's empowerment has been uneven and slow...
The Division for Gender Equality of the Bureau of Strategic Planning is organizing a series of events, in collaboration with a diverse range of partners, that will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8 to 19 March 2010 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Round Table on “Women and Science” : Challenges to Be
8 March 2010, 10 am - 1 pm, Room XI
This Round Table is organised by the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Spain to UNESCO, the Delegation of the European Union to OECD and UNESCO in collaboration with the Division for Gender Equality in UNESCO. Upon invitation only. Limited places available.
History of International Women's Day
International Women's Day, formalized by the United Nations in 1977, not only reminds us about the victories of women, but also invites us to reflect upon the role and status of women in the world at large.
UNESCO: Women Make the News 2010
Launched annually on the occasion of the International Women’s Day (8 March), Women Make the News (WMN) is a global initiative aimed at promoting gender equality in the media.
This year’s theme,”Towards Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media: Best practices for gender perspective in media and in media content”, is intended to launch a global exchange on the importance and the need for gender sensitive indicators for media organizations.
Fifteen years ago the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in September 1995, highlighted the key role of media to promote gender equality in all spheres. All stakeholders are called to join forces to combat “stereotyping of women and inequality in women's access to and participation in all communication systems, especially in the media”.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
International Women’s Day message from top UN official in Asia and the Pacific
The “transformational” leadership of women has made the world a better place, the top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region says, urging continued efforts to reach targets for gender equality around the globe.
Speaking yesterday in Malaysia at the “Women of Independence Conference”, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), called on women to continue their quest for gender equality by building on past achievements such as the establishment of legal frameworks to protect the rights of women and girls; better access to social and economic opportunities; steps by governments to address violence against women; and the establishment of institutional mechanisms such as Ministries of Women’s Affairs.
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):
Progress and Challenges Faced by Women: 15 Years since Beijing
Monday, 8 March 2010, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
in Conference Room 7 (NLB)
UNHQ, New York, USA
Briefing by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Division for Gender Affairs on the occasionof International Women's Day:
The Road Ahead for the Caribbean and Latin America towards the Eleventh Session of the Regional Conference on Woman in Latin America and the Carribean.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO):
International Women’s Day 2010 Message on behalf of the UNIDO Director-General: “Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all"
On the occasion of International Women's Day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. We recognize the invaluable contributions that women have made and continue to make, across all boundaries, whether they are national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
We also seek to ensure that women have equal rights and opportunities to live a full and decent life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Women as a group suffer from discrimination of many types, but particularly with regard to access to decent work, resources, skills and capacity development. This is perpetuating poverty and creating a multiplier effect in poor households and communities...
Send a Message of Solidarity
When food is scarce, women and children suffer the most. Empowering women can break the cycle of hunger and poverty. WFP distributes food through women as it's the best way to ensure that entire families will eat. In honor of International Women's Day, March 8, you can send a message of solidarity to women worldwide. We'll make sure your messages are shared across the globe. » Send a message of solidarity now
"Women: The Most Effective Solution For Combating Hunger"
Women form the backbone of the agricultural sector in many countries and play a key role in getting food onto the table. Speaking on International Women's Day, Isatou Jallow, chief of WFP’s Gender Unit, explains the central role that women play in fighting hunger.
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The World Bank
Women See Great Progress, But Obstacles to Equality Remain
Women have much to celebrate on International Women’s Day. Today, they govern in countries as diverse as Germany, Chile and Liberia; live longer and better lives than their mothers and grandmothers; and increasingly contribute to the world’s economy. Still, too many women continue to die while giving birth and make less money than their male counterparts.
“We have lived through dramatic changes in the last 20 years,” said World Bank Gender Director Mayra Buvinic. “Women have increased their political participation and have massively entered the workforce. They are breaking all kinds of glass ceilings.”
Statement by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
International Women's Day 2010:
Equal rights and opportunities for women and girls essential for better health
Thirty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), many girls and women still do not have equal opportunities to realize rights recognized by law. In many countries, women are not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, "honour" killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, deny the right to health to women and girls and increase illness and death throughout the life-course...
International Women's Day: UNMIS trains women activists in human rights
In line with the 2010 International Women’s Day theme, “Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all”, UNMIS held a two-day human rights training workshop in Wau during the first week of March.
The event brought together over 40 women activists from civil society, state institutions and the state assembly.
“The training was part of an UNMIS effort to empower and strengthen the knowledge and understanding by women of their rights,” said Marcel Zinsou, UNMIS Human Rights Team Leader for Wau.