|+ International Women's Day
The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts the spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls
In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, UN Women is celebrating its 2019 theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, along with hosting hundreds of festivities around the world through the organisation’s global network.
Innovative thinking about how service impact on women influence everything from urban planning designs for commuter safety, and rural childcare centres, to the use of biometrics as ID to replace formal registration documents that many women may not have or control, said UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
“We look to industry leaders, game-changing start-ups, social entrepreneurs, gender equality activists and women innovators to find the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality,” she said.
We are not on track to achieve the SDGs, she says. What is required from us for "transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions? This is particularly true when it comes to SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
The 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
is on 11-22 March and will focus on “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”
For more information on International Women’s Day 2019