Global Update: Celebrate International Women's Day‏ – UN Foundation



Global Update: Celebrate International Women’s Day‏


March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s contributions to the world.


Since its founding more than a decade ago, the UN Foundation has identified addressing the needs and concerns of women and girls as one of the keys to solving the world’s most challenging problems. Empowerment is essential in the global drive to eliminate poverty, achieve social justice and stabilize the world’s population, and is critical to the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


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The UN Foundation is a leader in bringing together the UN, Non-Governmental Organizations and private sectors to focus attention and resources on women and adolescent girls.

Most recently, we launched Girl Up – a “for girls, by girls” campaign that helps American girls channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for UN programs supporting their sisters in the developing world.

Join us in standing with the world’s women and girls on this historic day!

To learn more about what you can do to help, visit

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IWD-1-L_bWomen and girls in the U.S. are acting through UN programs… IWD-1-R…to change the future for women and girls in the developing world.
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Uniting Girls Across the Country and Around the World
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A Conversation With UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet


Secretay Clinton


On this 100th anniversary, 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. […] In the home and at school, in the workplace and in the community, being female too often means being vulnerable.  –U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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