Young change-makers take the lead on realizing women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific

Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2020


Recorded live stream from the event. Video: UNESCAP

2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide as the global community takes stock of the progress made for women’s rights. Despite some progress being made in the 25 years since the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, real change remains agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. At the current rate, it will take 99.5 years to realize equal rights for women and men, girls and boys everywhere.

On occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, celebrated globally on 8 March, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will organize an interactive dialogue under the global IWD theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The dialogue will take place on 9 March in Bangkok and bring together young change-makers, key influencers, civil society and youth groups to exchange valuable experiences on how to strengthen advocacy efforts and youth-led movements advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the Asia-Pacific region.

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What: Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2020: Interactive Dialogue on “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

When: Monday, 9 March 2020, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Where: CR-4, UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Key Speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Jane Holloway, Social Impact Director, Dragonfly 360
  • Net Supatravanij, co-founder, Ila Generation
  • Zaak Garett, Founder of #PolicyPlease campaign
  • Nanticha (Lynn) Ocharoenchai, Founder of Climate Strike Thailand
  • Sohaila Rezaee, Founder of Young Emerging Leaders
  • Nantanoot Suwannawut, Bureau of Special Education Administration, Ministry of Education, Thailand
  • Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Thailand

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