International Women's Day 2010

The Division for Gender Equality of the Office of the Director-General is organizing a series of events, in collaboration with a diverse range of partners,  that will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8 to 19 March 2010 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

For information on the exhibitions and cultural events during the month, check out our International Women's Day 2010 Programme (PDF format).

Message from Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Women’s Day - 8 March 2010

"This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, a landmark event that produced the most progressive and comprehensive policy statement to date on gender equality. Beijing energized women from all walks of life and placed their empowerment at the core of the global development agenda..."

Special event – projection of a documentary film (in French), 54 minutes -(15 March 2010, 11 am – 1 pm), Room XI

Organized by the Division for Gender Equality, in collaboration with the Kerciné association.

Round Table on "Women and Science : Challenges to Be" (8 March 2010, 10 am - 1 pm, Room XI)

This Round Table is organised by the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Spain to UNESCO, the Delegation of the European Union to OECD and UNESCO in collaboration with the Division for Gender Equality in UNESCO.

Upon invitation only. Limited places available.

High Level Round Table on "Beijing + 15" (8 March 2010, 3 to 5 pm, Room II)

Organized by the Division for Gender Equality

Upon invitation only. Limited places available.

© Ingrid Leddet

Exhibition : "Womanhood – Recto-verso", Ingrid Leddet, France (8-19 March 2010, Hall Segur) - (BSP/GE)

"Women's lives – Recto-Verso" illustrates the fate of women around the world through a big triptych featuring on one side three female busts which represent the visible face of a woman's life, and on the other side, three female busts which suggest the reality.

© Kaïdin-Monique le Houelleur

Exhibition : "Kassena Art: Women Artists from Tiébélé" Ms. Kaïdin-Monique le Houelleur, Burkina Faso (8-19 March 2010, Salle des Pas perdus)- (BSP/GE)

In 1996, while traveling from Abidjan to Timbuktu, in pursuit of the publication of a book, Kaïdin-Monique le Houelleur discovers the art style Kassena in Burkina Faso and the women artists of this region.

Exhibition : "Colors and light", Ms. Watana Noonpackdee Butori, Thailand (8-19 March 2010, Miro I and II) - (BSP/GE)

Born in Thailand in 1945, Watana Noonpackdee Butori have lived in France since 1970. Graduated from the Chulalongkorn university (Bangkok) in Lettres and from the Université de Nancy (France) in Contemporary history, she worked as a free lance interpret and translator for many years and has written the Assimil language method to learn Thai in 1990.

Exhibition : "Living Ancestors", Ms. Gabrielle Leroux, Dominica (8-19 March 2010, Hall Segur) - (BSP/GE)

Artist and activist for social justice, Gabrielle Le Roux was born in London and raised in South Africa. She lived in the Caribbean during the 1980s.

Exhibition : "Real Beauty", Claudia DeMonte, USA (8-19 March 2010, Hall Segur)- (BSP/GE)

The art installation "Real Beauty" represents the culmination of 30 years of making art on issues related to women in contemporary society by the American artist, curator and gender equality activist Claudia DeMonte.

Exhibition : "Woman: Sustainability and Peace", Ms. Savitri Suwansathit, Thailand (8-19 March 2010, Miro I and II)- (BSP/GE)

Savitri Suwansathit, Advisor to the Ministry of Culture and artist, works with oil and acrylic. Her paintings feature Thai women in traditional rural settings with mountains, rice fields, ponds and seas in the background, reflecting on different symbolically important moments of their lives.

Musical evening: concert with international artists (8 March 2010, 6:30 – 9 pm, Room I) - (BSP/GE)

This concert of 3 singers from different countries is organized in collaboration with l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Upon invitation only. Limited places available.

Workshop : "Gender Equality and Progress in Societies" (12 March 2010, 9 am to 7 pm, OECD) - (BSP/GE)

The Workshop on "Gender Equality and Progress in Societies" will take place on 12 March 2010, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in OECD Development Centre :
2 rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16.

Upon invitation only. Limited places available

Round Table “Freedom of Expression and Women’s Rights in Africa” (16 March 2010, 10 am - 1 pm, Room IV) - (BSP/GE)

This Round table is organized by the Division for Gender Equality of the Bureau of Strategic Planning and the Communication and Information Sector, in collaboration with the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

Upon invitation only. Limited places available.

History of International Women's Day - (UNESCO - SHS)

International Women's Day, formalized by the United Nations in 1977, not only reminds us about the victories of women, but also invites us to reflect upon the role and status of women in the world at large.

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