March 8: International Women’s Day
8 March 2011 is being celebrated in many parts of the world as the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
The official theme of International Women’s Day 2011 is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.
Excerpt from the Message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
One hundred years ago, when the world first commemorated International Women’s Day, gender equality and women’s empowerment were largely radical ideas. On this centenary, we celebrate the significant progress that has been achieved through determined advocacy, practical action and enlightened policy making. Yet, in too many countries and societies, women remain second-class citizens…
The launch this year of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women – demonstrates our intent to deepen our pursuit of this agenda. Only through women’s full and equal participation in all areas of public and private life can we hope to achieve the sustainable, peaceful and just society promised in the United Nations Charter.
To read the whole Message: Message of UN Secretary General