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2017 International Women’s Day – Putting women and girls at the centre of all efforts

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The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. Achieving gender equality in the world of work is imperative for sustainable development, however, only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. 


On 8 March 2017, people, organisations and nations around the world celebrated International Women’s Day. We know that women play a decisive role in the food security, health and nutrition of their families and this should be taken into account in the design and targeting of all food security and nutrition actions. The SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap (2016-2020) recognises the key role of women, as actors and producers, in achieving food security and nutrition at the household and community level. Together, all stakeholders in the Movement are putting women and girls at the centre of all efforts.

We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science…”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.

Read a blog from SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg

Learn about celebrations to commemorate the day in SUN Countries

Global activities rallying support for women’s equality


IWD has been celebrated since 1909 to commemorate the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. It evolved in many ways to celebrate women until 1977, when the United Nations General Assembly formally invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. Since then, 8 March each year brings people together for celebration, reflection, advocacy, and commitment to action – at global and local levels – for women all over the world.


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