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Monday, 7 March 2016

International Women's Day 2016, March 8

International Women's Day, 8 March.
Международный женский день, 8 марта.
国际妇女节, 3月8日.
Journée internationale de la femme, 8 mars.
Día Internacional de la Mujer, 8 de marzo.
اليوم العالمي للمرأة ,8 مارس

Theme 2016 : “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.
Thème 2016 : « La parité en 2030 : avancer plus vite vers l'égalité des sexes! »
2016 Тема  : «Планета 50-50 к 2030 году: Мы выступаем за гендерное равенство».
主题 2016 : “2030,男女共擎一片天:为了两性平等,向前一步”
Tema 2016 : «Por un Planeta 50-50 en 2030: Demos el paso para la igualdad de género».
 هو2016  “الإعداد للمساواة بين الجنسين لتناصف الكوكب بحلول 2030.

United Nations Secretary-General Message on the Internation Women's Day 2016.
“From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards”
As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.
More than a half-century later, the memory continues to haunt me. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life. Maternal mortality is one of many preventable perils. All too often, female babies are subjected to genital mutilation. Girls are attacked on their way to school. Women’s bodies are used as battlefields in wars. Widows are shunned and impoverished.
We can only address these problems by empowering women as agents of change.
For more than nine years, I have put this philosophy into practice at the United Nations. We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers.
I appointed the first-ever female Force Commander of United Nations troops, and pushed women’s representation at the upper levels of our Organization to historic highs.  Women are now leaders at the heart of peace and security – a realm that was once the exclusive province of men. When I arrived at the United Nations, there were no women leading our peace missions in the field. Now, nearly a quarter of all UN missions are headed by women – far from enough but still a vast improvement.
I have signed nearly 150 letters of appointment to women in positions as Assistant Secretary-General or Under-Secretary-General. Some came from top government offices with international renown, others have moved on to leadership positions in their home countries. All helped me prove how often a woman is the best person for a job.
To ensure that this very real progress is lasting, we have built a new framework that holds the entire UN system accountable. Where once gender equality was seen as a laudable idea, now it is a firm policy. Before, gender sensitivity training was optional; now it is mandatory for ever-greater numbers of UN staff. In the past, only a handful of UN budgets tracked resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment; now this is standard for nearly one in three, and counting.
Confucius taught that to put the world in order, we must begin in our own circles. Armed with proof of the value of women leaders at the United Nations, I have spoken out for women’s empowerment everywhere. In speeches at parliaments, universities and street rallies, in private talks with world leaders, in meetings with corporate executives and in tough conversations with powerful men ruling rigidly patriarchal societies, I have insisted on women’s equality and urged measures to achieve it.
When I took office, there were nine parliaments in the world with no women. We helped to drive that number down to four. I launched the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008; today, scores of leaders and ministers, hundreds parliamentarians and millions of individuals have added their names to the action call.
I was the first man to sign our HeForShe campaign, and more than a million others have joined since. I stood with activists calling for the abandonment of female genital mutilation and celebrated when the General Assembly adopted its first-ever resolution supporting that goal. I am echoing the calls of many who know women can drive success in achieving our bold 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
On this International Women’s Day, I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women’s empowerment leads to society’s advancement. Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future.
Ban Ki-moon

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, March 8, 2016.
This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in that Agenda as intrinsic to progress.
The new Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals include a specific goal to achieve gender equality, which aims to end discrimination and violence against women and girls and ensure equal participation and opportunities in all spheres of life. Important provisions for women’s empowerment are also included in most of the other goals.
In conjunction with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, more than 90 governments have answered UN Women’s call for action to “Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Heads of State and Government have pledged concrete and measurable actions to crack some of the fundamental barriers to the achievement of gender equality in their countries.
Unanimously at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, governments reaffirmed the Beijing Platform for Action. Businesses large and small are committing to, and implementing, shifts in culture and practice that foster greater equality and opportunity. Women individually, and civil society together, have called for lasting and transformative change by 2030.
With these unprecedented expressions of political will, the countdown to substantive gender equality by 2030 must begin, accompanied and underpinned by monitoring of accountability and evaluation of progress.
We draw strength from this solidarity as we face world events such as severe population displacement, extreme violence against women and girls, and extensive instability and crises in many regions.
To arrive at the future we want, we cannot leave anyone behind. We have to start with those who are the least regarded. These are largely women and girls, although in poor and troubled areas, they can also include boys and men.
Women and girls are critical to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, inequality and the recovery of the communities hardest hit by conflicts, disasters and displacements. They are at the frontline of the outbreaks of threatening new epidemics, such as Zika virus disease or the impact of climate change, and at the same time are the bulwark to protect their families, work for peace, and ensure sustainable economic growth and social change.
On International Women’s Day, we reiterate the greater participation of women as one of the necessary conditions for an inclusive Agenda 2030. Their leadership is insufficiently recognized but must emerge with greater participation in decision-making bodies. Each one of us is needed—in our countries, communities, organizations, governments and in the United Nations—to ensure decisive, visible and measurable actions are taken under the banner: Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.
We build on the commitments that have already been made by all governments. We also build on the legacy of determined and vocal participation by the small group of founding women from all parts of the world, who were in San Francisco in 1945 when the UN Charter was adopted. They laid the foundation for all that has followed in the struggle for the fulfilment of women’s rights.
The participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies. It is the key to making Agenda 2030 transformational and inclusive.
Happy International Women’s Day.

 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

2015 saw countries across the world agree on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
For UNESCO, these are a single agenda for advancing human rights and dignity, for eradicating poverty, for protecting the planet.
Promoting gender equality stands at the heart of this agenda, as a basic human right and a transformational force for more just, inclusive and sustainable development. This is why the theme for the 2016 International Women’s Day is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.’
Promoting gender equality is a Global Priority guiding all of UNESCO action in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. These objectives underpin UNESCO’s efforts to widen new opportunities, especially through education, on the basis of such initiatives as the Global Partnership for Girls and Women’s Education, and the activities supported by the Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education
UNESCO’s work is one of partnership, across the United Nations system, working ever more closely with UN Women, as well as with the private sector, reflected in the longstanding L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science programme, to support girls and women into scientific careers.
We have seen progress across the world – but steep obstacles remain before genuine equality for all girls and women. The new global agenda will succeed only if every country advances the rights, ingenuity and innovation of every one of its citizens, starting with girls and women.
This will be addressed in the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, coming under the theme of ‘Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development’. This topic is especially timely in the context of the twenty-year review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Taking this forward means accelerating momentum towards gender equality and the empowerment of every girl and woman. 2016 is a pivotal year, when we must implement a new vision that builds on lessons learned and outlines new actions to tackle new and remaining challenges.
In this spirit, I call on Member States and all partners to join forces to advance gender equality in every society. There is simply no greater force for justice, sustainable development and lasting peace.
Irina Bokova

FORUM : International Women's Day - March 8

Join the conversation: Follow @UN_Women on Twitter and share your messages using the hashtag #IWD2016.

The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number five -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls- and number 4 –Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda:
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.


Around the world, UN Women is organizing International Women's Day events in more than 40 countries, including marches, rallies, musical events, sports matches and marathons.

Members of the media are invited to the following events in New York:
Venue: The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St., New York

UN Women’s HeForShe Arts Week will kick-off with an exclusive launch event hosted at the historic Joe’s Pub, at The Public Theatre. Speaking at the event will be Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theatre; Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador; and Forest Whitaker, artist, social activist, SDG advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace. The event will be centred around a lively discussion on the powerful role arts play in shaping behaviours, norms and perceptions that shape our cultural view of gender. The HeForShe Arts Week will run from 8-15 March 2016, during which time partner institutions will highlight efforts towards achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and support UN Women’s work by donating a percentage of proceeds.
Coinciding with the launch, the Empire State Building will be lit up in the HeForShe magenta colour on 8 March, 2016. More information at

Lighting the Empire State Building on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2016

Join the conversation: Follow @UN_Women on Twitter and share your messages using the hashtags #IWD2016, #HeForShe, #ArtsWeek
Media wishing to attend should RSVP to: tara.mullins[at]; Ph: +1 646 520 6468
United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2016, ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’, Tuesday, 8 March, 10 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
Venue: Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, New York
[Event will be webcast live at]

The high-profile event will feature eminent speakers from UN Member States, civil society, the private sector and youth offering their reflections on what Planet 50-50 by 2030 means to them. Speakers include: Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly; Video Message from Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of United Arab Emirates; Barbara Adams, Chair, Board of the Global Policy Forum; Tara Nathan, Executive Vice-President, MasterCard; Fatima Ptacek, youth actor; Monica Singh, activist. It will be moderated by Pamela Falk, CBS News, with a musical performance by Tennille Amor. The second part of the event will be moderated by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who will probe the progress made and challenges remaining to the status of women, with a specific focus on their equal representation and gender mainstreaming in the work of the UN system. Panelists include: Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; Peter Thomas Drennan, UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security; Carole Wainaina, UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Resources Management; Saori Terada, Adviser for Gender Integration, Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Drude Dahlerup, Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University.

Event Flyer is available here.

United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2016, ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’

Media wishing to attend should RSVP
[Press covering the International Women’s Day event at the United Nations must have UN press accreditation.

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality, Tuesday 8 March, 9 a.m.
Venue: New York Stock Exchange

In celebration of International Women’s Day, over 35 stock exchanges around the world will join UN Women, the UN Global Compact, IFC, Women in ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, and the World Federation of Exchanges in ringing their opening or closing bells for gender equality and women’s rights. The series of global events aims to mobilize attention to the intrinsic role of gender equality to business growth and sustainable economic development as well as highlight the opportunities for the private sector to advance women’s economic empowerment. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9 a.m.

Closing Bell; Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Tuesday 8 March, event will begin at 3 p.m., with bell-ringing at 3.30 p.m.
Venue: NASDAQ Marketsite, 4 Times Square, New York City, Entrance on Broadway (between 42nd & 43rd Streets)

A IWD2016 Livestream of the Nasdaq Closing Bell will be available.
To obtain a high-resolution IWD2016 photograph of the Market Close and click on the market close of your choice.

60th Session of the U.N.Commission on the Status of  Women.
11-24 March 2016

The CSW60 draft agreed conclusions and draft resolution on the multi-year programme of work of the Commission are now available on the CSW60 website.

The calendar of side events has now been published!
The 230 side events of the CSW60 Session have been registered during the 2 weeks
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
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