On March 8, the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day to honor the social, economic, and political achievements of women across the globe. The official United Nations theme for this event is “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”
This year’s celebration will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women's achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women's rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part. The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Telecentre Foundation (TCF) invites the members of the global telecentre community to join in the celebration by hosting local events that highlight and empower women and girls in communities. Add your event to our Events section and post some photos or videos so we can help you bring them to a global audience. Feel free to tag us on Facebook and Twitter too!
Additionally, you may join the conversation online by following the hashtag #IWD2015 on Twitter, or participate in the Facebook Live Q&A with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on gender equality taking place on Sunday, March 8, at 5pm GMT.
For more info about IWD2015, watch the video of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as she calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality.
Read about the history of International Women’s Day here.
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