March 8: Celebrating IWD2016 around the globe!

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The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

What’s next?

Tasked with developing indicators to monitor global progress on these new goals, an Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators was established and UN Women contributes as an observer. The Group’s proposal will be presented for approval to the Statistical Commission at its forty-seventh session in March 2016.

How will you mark the day?

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.

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