International Women's Day: Step it up for gender equality

Date: 
Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Global | iSeek

The United Nations is marking the International Women’s Day on 8 March under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

“We want to construct a different world of work for women,” says Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in her message prepared for the day. “As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science.”

Special events planned for International Women’s Day include a webcast commemorative event at UNHQ New York that will begin with a video message by the Secretary-General and remarks by President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway, and others. 

And a panel discussion will feature Ms. Nicole Isaac of LinkedIn, Ms. Juniper Downs of YouTube, Ms. Anita Roth of Airbnb, and Professor Martha Chen of Harvard.  Special events will be held at UN offices and information centres across the globe.

For media and social media coverage, follow the hashtag #WomensDay and look out for an op-ed by the Secretary-General in various newspapers, a 24-hour Facebook Live event, a Snapchat live story, and Instagram coverage of women and small business owners.

The theme of gender equality will be continued through the 2017 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 13 to 24 March, with deliberations focusing on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Issues to be discussed include equal pay and women’s unpaid work, removing the barriers of discrimination and investing in women’s access to digital and green economies. The CSW will also feature a youth forum, the presentation of the Equal Pay coalition, and the launch of the report by the High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.