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International Women's Day. 8 March 2010
Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, Progress for All

Theme for International Women's Day, 8 March 2011

"Equal access to education, training and science and technology:
pathway to decent work for women."

Photograph of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - Click here to play video of Secretary-General's message for International Women's Day 2010 "Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to the global mission of the United Nations to achieve equal rights and dignity for all... But equality for women and girls is also an economic and social imperative. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals -- peace, security, sustainable development -- stand in jeopardy."

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Women selling jam
UN Photo/Evan Schneider

(Remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters event marking International Women's Day on 3 March 2010)

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

In recognition of this important anniversary, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – which is observed worldwide on 8 March – is "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All".

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