Posted by unw.waro in 06. Mar, 2012, under IWD
On Thursday the 8th of March the International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world. For the United Nations, this day has been observed on March 8 since 1975. Recognizing the critical role and contribution of rural women,
the 2012 theme is “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty”.
To celebrate the strength of women and to highlight the barriers and challenges they face, events have been organized all over the West African region. To find out what’s happening in your country, check out this Table of Activities for the International Women’s Day 2012
In West Africa a regional event is taking place in Dakar which will include official statements by the Senegalese government, the UN system and civil society, the launch of the Fund for Gender Equality, music performances, the launch of a UN advocacyvideo on the importance of investing in rural women in West Africa and much more. Keep checking this blog for constant updates and latest news.
In an official statement for the International Women’s Day 2012 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “there is a long way to go before women and girls can be said to enjoy the fundamental rights, freedom and dignity that are their birthright and that will guarantee their well-being. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s rural areas. Rural women and girls — to whom this year’s International Women’s Day is devoted — make up one quarter of the global population, yet routinely figure at the bottom of every economic, social and political indicator, from income and education to health to participation in decision-making.” Click here to read the full statement.
Top Photo: Women Watch