March 8, 2014. International Women's Day

Photo: UNESCO/Carolina Jerez

Equality for women is progress for All

Although progress has been made, we are still a long way from achieving gender equality worldwide. There is no single country in the world where women have achieved full equality and full enjoyment of their rights. Women have a vital contribution to make to the achievement of peaceful and sustainable societies. We need to ensure that they participate fully and enjoy equal rights in all domains.
Commemorative website
- Message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova

Why commemorate?

UN Photo/Milton Grant

First celebrated over 100 years ago, International Women’s Day has grown into a global celebration of past struggles and accomplishments of women, and more importantly an opportunity to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. 

Celebrated by the UN since 1975, this year’s Day is dedicated to the “Equality for Women is Progress for All”.  In 1945 the Charter of the United Nations became the first international agreement to affirm the principal of equality between women and men.

UNESCO's initiatives

Women Make the News

UNESCO joins forces with international and regional partners to launch the annual Women Make the News (WMN) initiative. The theme this year is “Advancing Global Partnerships to Achieving Gender Equality in and through Media”.
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