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The Celebration of International Women’s Day 2016 across the SUN Movement

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Empower women as key agents of change for nutrition with better legislationOn 8 March 2016, organisations and individuals around the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) to recognise the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world.

SUN Countries and Networks recognise gender equality and women’s empowerment as a necessary intervention to end malnutrition, and therefore, the international day marks an important moment to recognise the key role of women, as actors and producers, in achieving food security and nutrition at the household and community level. 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.

Learn more about women and girl’s empowerment in SUN Countries in this 2015 Progress Report extract.

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.

Global Commitments to Improve Gender Equality

In September 1995, world leaders, activists, and civil society groups gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The outcome document, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (download: English, Español, Françaisру́сскийالعَرَبِية ), agreed by 189 governments, set the stage for leaders to advance the agenda to improve gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere. Objective C.1. includes the need to improve the nutritional status of all girls and women by implementing commitments made in the Plan of Action on Nutrition of the International Conference on Nutrition (1992), with special attention to the gender gap. Strategic Objective 1.5 is Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition. The Platform for Action remains a source of guidance and inspiration and regular five-year reviews on progress have sustained momentum.

UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards.

#IWD2016 - International Women's Day Around the World

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