International Women’s Day
“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”
– UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
Happy International Women’s Day from the School of Global Studies and Partnerships! Today, we celebrate women and their achievements despite divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political, and we continue to support the empowerment of women across the globe.
Today, women from around the world will join activists and the United Nations to take part in a variety of events to celebrate and transform the lives of women everywhere.
As a UN Observance Day, International Women’s Day promotes awareness and action on the issue of inequality. Since its inception in 1945, the UN has promoted equality between men and women, and it continues to be a key objective for the organization and its 2030 Agenda.
The UN declared March 8 International Women’s Day in 1975, but many countries in North America and Europe have been celebrating the holiday since the early 1900s. Today, several countries hold International Women’s Day as a public holiday, including Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
If you are interested in learning more about International Women’s Day, please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday.