International Women’s Day 8 March

The theme for this year’s observance is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated globally on March 8 every year. The day recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The event celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness about women’s equality and lobbies for accelerated gender parity.

History of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day was observed for the first time in 1911. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
This year’s IWD observance is in recognition and celebration of the women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation and response, and to honour their leadership and contribution towards a sustainable future.

Speakers include:

H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations

H.E. Ms. Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Republic of Maldives

H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini, Chair of the 66th Commission on the Status of Women

Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women

Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

Katharine Wilkinson, author and environmentalist, Leader of The All We Can Save Project

Maria Reyes, climate justice activist, Fridays for Future Most Affected Peoples and Areas

Musical performances by:

Angelica Hale and Broadway Singers

Hosted by:

Mahlatse Lesiba Ramoroka, UN Women Host

Kabelo Botlhe Dikobe, UN Women Panel Moderator

The colour for International Women’s Day is GREEN.