International Women’s Day: “Equality for Women is Progress for All”
Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State
Celebrated annually on 8 March, this year International Women’s Day was commemorated at UN Headquarters on the eve of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women. Participants included Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; and Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board, among other dignitaries. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized that “when women and girls thrive, entire societies thrive. Just as women’s rights are human rights, women’s progress is human progress.”
At the commemoration UN Women launched #HEforShe, a new campaign encouraging men globally to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls.
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58th Commission on the Status of Women
The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from all regions of the world attended the session. The priority theme for the 58th session was the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. In her opening remarks, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuk, UN Women Executive Director, stated “this theme is about taking stock and getting ready to move forward, so that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow is better than today.” To join the conversation on Twitter follow #CSW58 and #CSW.
To view the draft agreed conclusions click here.
To read the Secretary-Generals opening remarks at CSW click here.
CSW 58 Side Events In Support of Every Woman Every Child
“Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins,” co-hosted by Women Deliver, The Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN, Plan International, the Nike Foundation, and the UN Foundation, took place on 10 March. The high-level event focused on the need for greater global investment in reproductive health, education, and equality for girls and women.
The event also featured the release of a new advocacy toolkit from Women Deliver, “Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins,” that pulls together infographics, data points, and key messages to make the case for investing in girls and women.
Linking HIV, Gender Equality, and Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights, as part of the post-2015 Social Justice Agenda was chaired jointly by the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe and the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. It encouraged a dialogue around the critical need for women-centered efforts to end the AIDS epidemic; the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women; gender equality and women’s empowerment; and zero tolerance for gender-based violence.
To learn more about the side events held in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.