The Celebration of International Women’s Day 2016 across the SUN Movement
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
- The President of El Salvador signs a Pact for Gender Equality on International Women’s Day
- Women call for greater political participation and power sharing in Somalia
- Women’s Day is celebrated in Mali with a public sign-on event
- Niger’s government commits that efforts will be accelerated across sectors to empower all women by 2030
- UN Women raise awareness of gender equality through radio in Indonesia
- A National Stakeholders Consultative Forum brings people together for Women’s Day in Nigeria
Global activities rallying support for women’s equality
- The United Nations lead International Women’s Day with the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”
- The International Womens Day website focuses their efforts towards a #PledgeForParity campaign
- Economic Community of West African States celebrates Women’s Day with multiple events
- SPRING makes a #PledgeForParity to increase gender equality and empower women as they work to end malnutrition
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, Français, ру́сский, العَرَبِية ), 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.