Posted by: Ana Monroy | February 13, 2013

International Women’s Day 2013

The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum

International Women’s Day is approaching on 8 March, and this year’s global theme will be The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.
We should celebrate the progress we achieved in terms of the rights of women, but remain vigilant and persistent for further sustainable change.

The theme fits well with UNHCR’s ongoing efforts to promote greater understanding, awareness and commitment to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This year our focus will be on the promotion of the collection and dissemination of good practices being developed in the field. The Gender Equality Unit collected a number of practices which focus on the rights of women last year. And UNHCR wants to encourage all operations to continue sharing practices with us – both as a part of International Women’s Day and on an ongoing basis as new practices are developed – as a way to inspire and motivate others.


Teenage mother in YEP center

Teenage mother in a Youth Empowerment Center (YEP), Kenya

Check out some projects directed to the promotion of the rights of women developed in UNHCR’s operations:

Community centre for refugee women and children (Morocco)

SGBV protection and social services programme – community task forces (Zambia)

 Psychotherapeutic support for women and their families (Bolivia)

 Community day care centers managed by refugee women (Costa Rica)

Protection network of women’s organizations and safe houses for SGBV survivors (Ecuador)

 Legal aid provided by Law students: access to justice (Colombia)   

Additionally, in 2013 the United Nations has adopted the theme A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women, which is also well-suited to our critical efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in all regions of the world.

The International Women’s Day is an excellent opportunity to build momentum around the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Let’s work for it to happen!



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