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[Cox’s Bazar] International Women’s Day March 8th, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to take stock of the progress made on women’s rights and empowerment. This year is pivotal for advancing gender equality worldwide as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and other key moments in the feminist movement.

Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

[Press release] In a Political Declaration adopted today by Member States commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, still considered the most visionary blueprint on women’s rights. The Political Declaration is the main outcome of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN. This year the Commission decided to scale back the session to a one-day procedural meeting with delegations and civil society representatives based in New York, in light of the COVID-19 situation.

Viet Nam’s journalists learn how to report on women and risks of climate change

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Two dozen Vietnamese journalists are now able to better report on how women can help prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, thanks to a training co-organized by UN Women. Empower Women for Climate-Resilient Societies, a joint project UN Women and United Nations Environment Programme, collaborated with the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority in organizing the training last November 21-22 in this city in central Viet Nam. A total of 26 print, broadcast, digital and photo journalists from 17 media outlets attended.

Film made by women shows women struggling with climate change in Fiji

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Three women led the making of the film in 2018 when they were students at Massey University/The University of New Zealand: Wiktoria Ojrzyńska as director, co-producer and editor, Amiria Ranfurly as co-producer, and Alexandra Brock as cinematographer and editor. Subject to Change shows scenes of near-apocalyptic destruction wreaked by cyclones and climate-induced disasters.Through the voices of women like Ravaga, the film offers moments of reflection on how much there is to lose — land, culture, languages, life.

Statement for International Women’s Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Monday, March 9, 2020

2020 is a massive year for gender equality. And the benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world that leaves no one behind. It’s the year for what we call “Generation Equality”. With the leadership of civil society, we’re mobilizing to realize women’s rights, and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.

Take Five: “Our mission cannot be realized without women’s economic empowerment.”

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Christian Ewert is President of amfori, a global business association for open and sustainable trade. amfori groups over 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations of more than 40 countries, with a combined turnover of more than 1 trillion euros. amfori recently signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which UN Women and United Nations Global Compact developed to guide private companies to create gender-equal workplaces.

I am Generation Equality: Orapim Pakdeesongkram, Thai military instructor and former United Nations peacekeeper in India and Pakistan

Friday, March 6, 2020

I can do so much more for other people by sharing my experience, by sharing my knowledge. When you share your knowledge and experience, it gives other people choices. It gives them ideas about what they want to do. During the UN mission, when I met local women, it meant so much to them to see a female peacekeeper who wore a uniform and worked side by side with men.

Ahead of International Women' s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat

Friday, March 6, 2020

[Press release] The report finds that progress towards gender equality is faltering and hard-won advances are being reversed. Rampant inequality, the climate emergency, conflict and the alarming rise of exclusionary politics all threaten future progress towards gender equality. The report flags the lack of effective action to boost women’s representation at the tables of power and warns that the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action will never be realized if the most excluded women and girls are not acknowledged and prioritized.

Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment

Thursday, March 5, 2020

[Prress release] Netflix and UN Women today launched “Because She Watched”, a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. “This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It's about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director. Created for International Women’s Day.

Timorese Women’s History

Thursday, March 5, 2020

As the world commemorates the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2020, this timeline offers a snapshot of a few among the many contributions women have made in shaping Timor-Leste from 1974-2020. Developed through a collaboration between Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, Centro Nacional Chega! and UN Women, and with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan, we hope it inspires more stories to be captured and shared for generations to come.

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