International Women's Day
- International Women's Day
- Fri, 8. March 2019
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International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
Gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals
International Women's Day is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
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The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session.
- Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
- Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session);
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“Being the first openly lesbian Congresswoman in Guatemala has been a big responsibility”
Sandra Moran. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Sandra Moran is Guatemala’s first openly lesbian member of the Congress. She organized the country’s first lesbian group in 1995, and was elected in 2015. She is well-known for her vocal support for women’s rights, indigenous women’s rights and LGBT rights in Guatemala. UN Women supports the leadership of women in politics and peacebuilding in Guatemala through various initiatives, including through the flagship programme Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership. Ms. Morán was the first woman president of the “Forum of Deputies” in Guatemala, an initiative supported by UN Women, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and with generous funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In a recent interview, Ms. Moran talks about her journey into politics and the laws she is proposing to protect women’s and LGBT rights.
Hate crimes against the lesbian, gay and transgender people are common in Guatemala. They face discrimination in health and educational services. You can be fired for being gay, your family can disinherit you. There’s a law against discrimination in Guatemala, but it’s very difficult to prove that you were fired because of your sexuality.
I was part of the first lesbian group in Guatemala in 1995 and I came out of the closet at an event. Invisibility is also a kind of violence. That’s why I decided to go public, to show the LGBT community that it is possible to be lesbian and still be in Congress. Being the first openly lesbian Congresswoman in Guatemala has been a big responsibility.