UN Observance: International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015

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The UN celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

international-womens-day 2This year’s theme, “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

International Women's Day 3In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.

To find out more about International Women’s Day events across the globe please click here.

Opening of the 59th session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59):

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The celebration of women and gender equality will continue over the next two weeks during CSW59 at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 9 to 20, 2015.

The conference which will feature statements by UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

ZX6oS_in_400x400The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.

The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

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