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Monday, 02 March 2015 10:00

International Women's Day

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UN women150The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”

In 2015, the celebration 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. The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and 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.

Read more from the International Women's Day website.

Get more resources and links from the website of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.