International Women’s Day 2017

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You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. ~ ONE

What is International Women’s Day?

chuckie-holing-sign-5The idea for an International Women’s Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women’s Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day. Today, International Women’s Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD).

Each year, March 8th – and the week in which it falls – provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.

But wait… gender equality already exists, doesn’t it?

Equality between women and men is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Government of Canada is committed to upholding gender equality in all sectors of Canadian society. We have made great strides in many areas, such as education and workforce participation.

Nevertheless, challenges remain:

Learn more from the Status of Women Canada

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We’ll organize people across the country and around the world to make sure that girls and women are at the heart of our poverty-fighting strategy by promoting their access to education. When girls get an education, they are less likely to become child brides, contract HIV, and they have greater economic opportunities for the rest of their lives, which is good for everyone.

Right now, 130 million girls are out of school.

You wouldn’t be where you are today without an education – and it’s in your power RIGHT NOW to help these girls get access to an education.

If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter, and we’ll deliver it in-person to leaders all across the globe this International Women’s Day, March 8th.

A Letter to Leaders

But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.

All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.

We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry…or simply to access opportunity.

We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there.

But we need you to do the same.

Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds.

Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.

Learn more from The ONE Campaign 

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International Women’s Day 2013 #SpinBack

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are “One Woman”.

Launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality. “One Woman” was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination against women and look toward a brighter future: “We Shall Shine!” Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.

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International Day to End Violence against Women.

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#Orangeurhood Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against women and girls. To mark the day, UN Women encourages you to “orange your neighbourhood” and raise awareness about the #16days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December “Human Rights Day”

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
“But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters.
Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others.
This year’s theme of Orange Your Neighborhood promises grassroots action to raise orange-smilieawareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide.
Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict.god_said_no_12
This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet. Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against women’s rights.
“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,” Mr. Ban said.
Echoing that, UN-Women’s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to “shine an orange light” on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages.

5204908401754112She urged for support to confront that “horror” and “extinguish it.”
“This is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda.
“No culture, no nation, no woman – old or young – is immune to this human rights violation,” she added.
“And these women are determined to reclaim their lives,” she said, urging that “there is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.”
“We need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well aswave5 men and boys to play their roles,” the UN-Women chief explained. “We know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.”
“We are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,” she said.
Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she “forever will be haunted by their suffering” but also inspired by their courage.

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“Bro, that’s not OK.”

images (6)Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka cordially invites you to an evening of music, art and action to celebrate the launch of UN Women’s global campaign leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
DATE: 26 June 2014, 5–7 p.m. EDT, Doors open at 4pm. LOCATION: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027 (https://goo.gl/maps/MkLsr)
PLEASE RSVP ASAP – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11ENErgU_52vWtgT2QFJFEADVK5pRNV7m9rZo-TKJoGI/viewform

NOTE: Tickets are free. Please print the confirmation page and present it upon your arrival for admission to the Apollo Theater. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, therefore we strongly suggest that you arrive ahead of time to avoid missing the beginning of the event, and to secure a seat. Doors will open at 4pm.
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Watch the latest SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women video, which uses humour to convey a serious message: that violence against women is never OK. Learn more at: http://ow.ly/y5YDR

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