International Women’s Day

Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2016: Interactive Dialogue on Gender Equality Commitments and SDGs

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand – The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The UN will observe the day by building momentum for the effective implementation of Gender Equality principles and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day will be organized by the Asia-Pacific UN Interagency Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (TWG-GEEW), which is co-chaired by ESCAP and UN Women.

The event will bring stakeholders together to discuss key challenges, gaps and opportunities to advance gender equality towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2016: Interactive Dialogue on Gender Equality Commitments and SDGs


8 March 2016, 10:30 – 12:00 hours


UN Conference Centre – CR-3, Bangkok, Rajadamnern Ave, Bangkok 10220

Key messages

Key Messages, IWD 2016: English | Thai


  1. Video “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” Commitments of Asia-Pacific Member States
  2. Keynote address by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General of and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  3. Interactive Dialogue on challenges, gaps and opportunities towards achieving gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • H.E. Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)
  • Noelene Nabulivou, DiVA Pacific (Via videolink)
  • Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi, Deputy Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Secretariat
  • Sokhan Oum, Land Rights Activist, Cambodia
  • Chloe Reynaldo, Philippine youth activist of Y-Peer on sexual and reproductive health issues and youth concerns
  • Saowaluck Thongkuay, Thailand, Coordinator of Abilis Foundation Mekong, Women with disabilities and inclusiveness

Moderation and closing remarks by Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, on behalf of the Co-Chair of TWG-GEEW and UN Women Asia-Pacific Regional Director

Note to Journalists

You or your colleagues are cordially invited to attend the International Women’s Day event. You are kindly requested to register in advance by providing your name and the news organization you represent as well as your photo (passport size) to in order to facilitate entrance to the UN Conference Centre.

For media enquiries:

Please contact:
Montira Narkvichien
Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women Asia and the Pacific.
Mobile: (+66) 81 668 8900  Email:

Katie Elles
Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP.
Mobile: (+66) 94 815 2536  Email:

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