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March 08

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 at 06:00 AM UT

International Women's Day 2020: We are #GenerationEquality

International Women's Day celebrates women's achievements worldwide and throughout history. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020.

The UN observance of International Women’s Day

6 March 2020, 10am - 1pm

Register to attend the event at the United Nations Headquarters, or tune in for the live webcast at

Twenty-five years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action — a progressive roadmap for gender equality — it’s time to take stock of progress and bridge the gaps that remain through bold, decisive actions.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.

The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.

Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.

Small actions can have big impacts in making this vision a reality. On International Women’s Day, join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement.

Around the world and through the decades, we have all shared in the global struggle for gender equality. Regardless of our age, country, background or gender, the fight for equal rights has collectively defined our lives and we must take action together to achieve it. This International Women’s Day, UN Women’s multi-generational campaign, Generation Equality, brings together past and present advocates to demand gender equality in this generation.

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director
Message from Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF

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