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International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015
Posted on March 6, 2015
In 2015, International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8, will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.
This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part. The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
To this end, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”Click here to learn more. Join governments and activists across the world in commemorating the ground-breaking Conference of 1995. We celebrate the many achievements that have come since then and galvanize action to address the gaps that still remain in making gender equality a reality.
In addition to learning more, you may want to attend a screening of the “Honor Diaries” (www.honordiaries.com)……a phenomenal documentary giving voice to an all-female panel. Trailer and links below. If you are not able to find a local screening, please note that the movie is available for viewing on Netflix with your active account or you may rent it on Apple iTunes.
Join the conversation for #IWD2015!
Main hashtags: #IWD2015 (#DíadelaMujer, #Journéedelafemme); #Beijing20
On 8 March, follow our Facebook Live event with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson through the below webcast.
Follow our accounts for live coverage from the different events and share content from our social media package, which is available with images, videos and sample promotional messages in English, Spanish and French here.