International Women’s Day 2021
Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.
This year’s theme for the International Day, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world" celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, "Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end all forms of violence against women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs.
See our coverage of the International Women’s Day from previous years:
In his statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the need to work together with vision and determination to make equality happen. Read more
In her statement for International Women's Day (8 March), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all." Read more
Events in Asia-Pacific
Regional Commemoration: International Women's Day
UN Women Asia and the Pacific and UNESCAP jointly organized the Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2021, which focused on highlighting the ways in which women leaders were able to bring to bear their different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws, to ensure that they work better for all.
UN Women and ASEAN
Two events organized with ASEAN. Advancing WPS in ASEAN: UN Women has secured funding in the amount of CAD 8.5 million from Canada for a five-year regional programme, “Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN” (Advancing WPS in ASEAN) covering the period from 2021-2025.
Online Launch of the ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman and girl behind. The ASEAN Gender Outlook is the first regional ASEAN flagship publication based on multiple deprivation analysis jointly produced by the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW), the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and UN Women
Joint collaboration with other UN agencies in Asia-Pacific
On International Women’s Day 2021, UNOPS – supported by UN Women – presents an online gallery to highlight women leaders in the Asia-Pacific region and their response to COVID-19 pandemic. The page shines a light on the critical role of women’s leadership, approaches and skill sets that have proven to be effective in times of crisis. Read more
On #InternationalWomensDay, the World Health Organization acknowledges the crucial role played by women in leadership roles and as healthcare and frontline workers in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Video: WHO South-East Asia (SEARO) View more
#COVID19 gave leadership a woman’s face. Now is the time to redefine our new normal, embracing the #genderequality revolution we have been waiting for. The gender equality revolution Afghan women have been working for.@AletaFMiller, from #Afghanistan to the world on #IWD2021 . pic.twitter.com/yJvUZQDFjC— UN Women Afghanistan (@unwomenafghan) March 8, 2021
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we asked the UN female staff about their thought regarding women’s contributions and how to achieve an equal future in a #COVID19 world.— United Nations in Cambodia (@UNCambodia) March 8, 2021
Let’s watch this video together!#IWD2021 | #GenerationEquality | https://t.co/sbJygsPW0I pic.twitter.com/pCwjbQ1i7z
When women stop, the world stops! Thank you @FWRM1 for leading, and other human rights & women's rights activists who gathered in Suva #Fiji yesterday for a concert in solidarity with @WomensGblStrike @CoalitionWe @fijiwomensfund @PacWomenProgram. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021 pic.twitter.com/3Pazs4Tw1a— UN Women Pacific (@unwomenpacific) March 8, 2021
On #InternationalWomensDay, we bring to the forefront and celebrate individual journeys of women as part of @UN_Women @SCEprogram in India who fight different battles every day & emerge undefeated. #IWD2021 #GenerationEquality @kantasingh_ @PRADAN_India @NHRDN @LearnetSkills pic.twitter.com/L4ke9OZZBO— UN Women India (@unwomenindia) March 8, 2021
The mega event acknowledged the achievements of women trailblazers from diverse backgrounds, who were invited to speak about their experiences, accomplishments, and the obstacles that they have faced as women in various career fields in Pakistan.#IWD2021 pic.twitter.com/rwGtJqHHHE— UN Women Pakistan (@unwomen_pak) March 8, 2021
Masa depan akan lebih baik jika suara, kemampuan & kepemimpinan perempuan dikedepankan. Selama beberapa hari ke depan, @unwomenid & @unfpaindonesia akan mengajakmu berkenalan dgn beberapa perempuan yg membuat perubahan, memimpin & memberdayakan perempuan lainnya di masa pandemi. pic.twitter.com/YxscAAdy7q— UN Women Indonesia (@unwomenid) March 8, 2021
The forum “Promoting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals from a Gender Perspective” on 10 March in Ha Noi, Viet Nam for the acceleration of achieving the #SDGs , considering SDG5 to be the core of development efforts.@UN @uninvietnam @UN_Women @unwomenasia pic.twitter.com/Uc3ZpUkYIG— UN Women Viet Nam (@unwomenvietnam) March 10, 2021
.@UN_Women #Thailand with Civic Women, the Coordination Center for Children and Women, Prince of Songkhla University, Pattani Campus are promoting women and youth’s leadership in preventing hate speech as part of #IWD2021. #WomenInLeadership pic.twitter.com/ZLEFcbEW7x— UN Women AsiaPacific (@unwomenasia) March 14, 2021
The full & effective participation of #women & equal opportunities for leadership are key drivers to achieving the @GlobalGoalsUN.— UN Women Sri Lanka (@unwomenSriLanka) March 5, 2021
At @UN_Women, we ensure that women's economic empowerment is at the heart of our work in #SriLanka. #IWD2021 #GenerationEquality pic.twitter.com/6g1XMUhFwR
#IWD2021 , we are conversing with #WomenLeaders in Nepal who are changing the places of power and opening opportunities for all women and girls.— UN Women Nepal (@unwomennepal) March 6, 2021
Stay tuned on 8⃣ March#GenerationEquality pic.twitter.com/pxQi9PZVLG