Gender Equality

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UNESCO considers gender equality as a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice and an economic necessity.

It is a critical factor for the achievement of all internationally agreed development goals as well as a goal in and of itself.

UNESCO has been working in all of its domains to promote gender equality and women's rights and empowerment. Gender Equality has been one of two Global Priorities of the organization since 2008. Global Priority Gender Equality is implemented through result-oriented actions both within the Secretariat and in Member States with a wide range of partners.

Learn more about gender equality and its designation as a global priority at UNESCO.

International Women’s Day

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The International Women’s Day is a global celebration of all women, everywhere.

It is a rallying call; both for reflection on lessons learned and for accelerating momentum towards gender equality and the empowerment of every girl and woman. It is a day to rejoice in the extraordinary acts of women and to stand together, as a united force to advance gender equality around the world.

In 2018, the UN theme for International Women’s Day, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives,” echoing the priority theme of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The UN will draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force. Rural women and their organizations represent an enormous potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.

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