Events on International Women’s Day 2021

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Virtual launch ceremony of the Canada funded regional programme on Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in 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.

WHEN: Wednesday 24, February 2021 at 14.00 - 15.00 hrs.

WHERE: Zoom application

ORGANIZERS: UN Women and Canada

PRESS RELEASE: ASEAN, Canada and UN Women jointly launch a 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Contact persons:Nindia Satiman, Montira Narkvichien

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Online Launch of the ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman and girl behind

Draft concept note

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. It is a milestone document that looks at the notable gains on SDGs in ASEAN countries, as well as gaps and challenges, especially against the backdrop of COVID 19 pandemic, using an engender lens towards achieving sustainable development and the promise of 'leaving no one behind' as aspired in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The launch event will bring together government officials, policymakers, practitioners, development partners, UN agencies and relevant stakeholders from across the region.

WHEN: Monday 1, March 2021 at 13.30-15.00 hrs. (GMT+7)

WHERE: Virtual event (Administrative note here) via Zoom link


WHO PARTICIPATE: The launch event will bring together government officials, policymakers, practitioners, development partners, UN agencies and relevant stakeholders from across the region. Specifically, the launch event will be attended by

  1. Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN;
  2. Representatives from the following ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Entities Associated with ASEAN;
  3. Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat;
  4. Representatives from UN agencies;
  5. Representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs);
  6. Representatives from the ASEAN Plus Three Countries;
  7. Representatives from the ASEAN Dialogue Partners;
  8. Academia and independent experts;
  9. Representatives from the private sector; and
  10. Representatives from the media.

Tentative programme: here

Contact persons: Montira Narkvichien

Regional Commemoration: International Women's Day

Regional Commemoration: International Women's Day

Draft concept note

The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of IWD 2021 will focus 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. The aim will be to provide a virtual platform for women leaders from government, the UN system, the women’s and youth movements to share their experiences and lessons learnt in the context of COVID-19, and to discuss ways in which such efforts can be built upon.

Concept note is to be finalized and discussed with partners.

WHEN: Monday 8 March 2021 at 09.00 - 12.00 hrs.

WHERE: Hybrid event: UN Conference Centre, Bangkok and a Zoom link

ORGANIZERS: UN Women and ESCAP. The observance of the day will be organized by the Asia-Pacific Issue-Based Coalition of Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment of Women (IBC-HRGEWE), co-chaired by UN Women, OHCHR and UNFPA, in collaboration the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

WHO PARTICIPATE: Participants in the event will include representatives of the Governments, the diplomatic community, UN system, other international organizations, as well as civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and youth groups.

Contact persons: Hulda OUMA, Denise Laaveri and Montira NARKVICHIEN

International Women’s Day: Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world 

The event will be a 1.5-hour online event, intended for an interested general-public audience who will hear the latest research on women’s leadership in COVID-19 response, as well as inspiring stories from women leaders across the Asia Pacific region.

Concept note

Social media support: UNDRR will onboard a communications officer (Patrick) in early February to work on a campaign leading up to the event, which will highlight profiles of inspirational women in leadership roles in COVID-19 responses and recovery efforts. These stories will be posted on their social media platforms to draw attention to the event and enhance visibility. If you know of any women leaders who should be spotlighted, please kindly let us know. It would be great for us to collaborate with UNDRR in showcasing these women’s work. In addition, Patrick will share the social media card with us to disseminate it to those on our mailing list as soon as he joins the team.

WHEN: 8 March 2021 - 14:00-15:30 hrs.

WHERE: Online



Moderator: Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera anchor and journalist

  • The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • UN Women (TBC)

Celebration of women in leadership from the region – stories from leaders (20 mins)

  • Global level (Helen Clark?)
  • National level (Fiji NDMO Director? But preferably a country that has experienced more COVID?)
  • Local level
  • Youth
  • Disability

Contact person: Araya Arayawuth and Maria Holtsberg

EmPower project: Side event on gender and climate change adaptation (on the Opening day of the AP adaptation network forum "Enabling Resilience for All: The Critical Decade to Scale-up Action")

The side event will be organised as a TED talk or Smart-talk event, where a mix of verbal and non-verbal communications will be mixed to create a deep-dive atmosphere. The discuss will focus the role of women in climate change adaptation.

WHEN: Wednesday 3, March 2021 at 16:30-18:00 hrs.

WHERE:  Hybrid – online and physical

ORGANIZERS: UN Women, UNEP, Embassy of Italy, British Embassy

Contact persons: Ingkar (UN Women), Annette Walgren (UNEP)

South China Morning Post’s “Women of Our Time" conference

SCMP’s Women of Our Time is a month-long series of events - with an inaugural virtual conference of the same name on March 8, 201 to celebrate International Women’s Day - is designed to inspire, motivate and engage our readers on the outsized role played by women champions in transforming their industries and communities to adapt to and thrive in the new normal.

WHEN: The event will be on 8 March 2021 but “As this is a pre-recorded session, we are happy to work around [Mohammad’s] schedule and facilitate the recording session online.”

WHERE: Virtual



Contact person: Mike Drach

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Facebook Live with Thai- French-Mexican celebrities

Facebook Live with Cindy Bishop, and famous French actress/actor (Adèle Exarchopoulos?) following the screening of extracts from Adèle Exarchopoulos’ filmography (TBC) + Yalitza Aparicio, Mexican actress and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous People (TBC). Event will be under the broader umbrella of the Generation Equality Forum and wrapped within the Mois de la francophonie.

WHEN: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 8 March 2021

WHERE: Hybrid (Alliance Francaise + virtual)

WHO ORGANIZES: UN Women + French and Mexican Embassies in Thailand

WHO PARTICIPATES: RD, Ambassador of France, Ambassador of Mexico, Thai, French and Mexican celebrities

Contact person: Hana Quiros

EmPower project: IWD event with UNEP on gender and climate adaptation

Ambassador of Italy in Thailand is interested in organizing a joint side event on the role of women in climate change adaptation. Such side event will be organized on the margins of the 7th Regional forum of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation network, which is organized by UNEP every 2 years. The dates of the APAN fall on IWD this year.

WHEN: 8 March 2021

WHERE: Virtual



Contact person: Inkar Kadyrzhanova

WeEmpowerAsia IWD event

  • SESSION 1: MONDAY, MARCH 8th (14:00-15:30 Bangkok time) - Behind the Scenes of Women in Leadership/Women in Leadership: What does it take? (Title TBC)
  • Panel discussion focused on businesses (speakers tbc)
  • SESSION 2:  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10TH (14:00-15:30 Bangkok time) - Transparency and Reporting for Transformation (title TBC)
  • Launch of UN Women-ILO Research: 'Policy Landscaping to advance a Transparent Implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in ASEAN'(TBC)
  • Panel discussion focused on market regulators (speakers tbc)

WHEN: March 8th and March 10th




Contact person: Bovornpong Vathanathanakul

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Launch of the ASEAN WPS Study

The study has been highly anticipated in all the ASEAN high level meetings last year, including at the ASEAN Summit and ASEAN Ministry. The report is positioned as ‘ASEAN’ report with the support of USAID PROSPECT and UN Women. The draft has been through extensive reviewed at the regional and country level. Currently the final draft ASEAN WPS study is going through final review for endorsement by ACW/ACWC and ad-ref endorsement by the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women by end of Feb 2021.

WHEN: 8 March 2021

WHERE: Virtual



Contact person: Ryce CHANCHAI, Montira NARKVICHIEN

Afghanistan Country Office

Joint Press Release by UN Women in Afghanistan and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

WHEN: The press release will be disseminated to the media on March 8.

WHERE: The press release will be uploaded on the UNAMA website as well. ( )



CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

Joint video message by UN Women Representative in Afghanistan and the Minister of Women’s Affairs. The video will be shared with the APRO for youtube upload. Video will be posted on social media on March 8.

WHERE: Online

WHEN: March 8

WHO ORGANIZES: UN Women and Ministry of Women’s Affairs

WHO PARTICIPATES: UN Women Representative and Minister of Women’s Affairs

CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

Feature stories on seven women leaders (beyond the usual suspects)  will be produced for online print media, in partnership with local newspapers.

WHERE: online


WHO ORGANIZES: UN Women partners with media outlet

WHO PARTICIPATES: seven women leaders

CONTACT PERSON:Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

Mask-based movement will launch the facemask campaign which aims to challenge norms about the role, place and future of women in Afghanistan. UN Women Afghanistan launched a call for ideas encouraging Afghan women artists or women with artistic abilities -be it activists, community leaders, journalists, frontline human/civil rights defenders, to submit their proposed artwork to appear on face mask. A mix of Afghan women artists, UN Women-  Afghanistan and donors selected the top 5 designs for the campaign, based on a pre-defined criteria. Exact date and time to be confirmed.



WHO ORGANIZES: UN Women in partnership with Ministry of Women’s Affairs

WHO PARTICIPATES: activists, CSOs and MoWA

CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

Small Grants will be announced to women-led CSOs in provinces or organize innovative activities that highlight women leaders in their community. The link to the small grant call will also be published on APRO website. The activites will take place from March 01-08.

WHERE: 34 provinces

WHEN: March 1-8

WHO ORGANIZES: small grants winners

WHO PARTICIPATES: small grants winners

CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

The Peace Thread campaign.  One of the “Peace Threads” campaign outcomes is the development of a short documentary featuring 4 Afghan women negotiators. In the context of the International Women’s Day 2021, a teaser of the short documentary will be launched.

WHERE: online

WHEN: March 8


CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai


Time Use Survey will be launched around the IWD week. Exact date and time to be confirmed.

WHERE: Online

WHEN: Mid March TBC



CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

Two web-stories on the Young Women Entrepreneurs will be produced, and shared with the editor by March 3.

WHERE: on APRO website

WHEN: March 08


WHO PARTICIPATES: women entreprenuers

CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai

One UN celebration will take place via social media contents on five women leaders in Afghanistan, as well as a virtual photo exhibition.

WHERE: online

WHEN: March 2-9

WHO ORGANIZES: UN Agencies in Afghanistan

WHO PARTICIPATES: five women leaders

CONTACT PERSON: Olguta Anghel and Nangyalai Tanai