International Women’s Day 2011

Die Fremde poster

Events in Brussels, 7th March:

A debate on “violence against women” (starting at 18:30 hrs).  The UN campaign "Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women" will set the basis for a discussion that will focus on issues of particular relevance also in the European context, such as domestic violence issues both from a policy and action-oriented perspectives.
Preview of Die Fremde (“When we leave”) (starting at 20:00 hrs) jointly organized by ABC Distribution, BOZAR CINEMA, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and CINEMATEK in partnership with UNRIC, UN Women, European Parliament’s LUX Prize, Amazone and Elles Tournent Festival.   Read more…

Create for the United Nations – Say No to Violence against Women

No to Violence against Women logoA Europe wide advertisement competition calling for gender equality and an end to all forms of violence against women and girls is launched on International Women’s Day by the UN Regional Informational Centre (UNRIC) in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), and UN information offices around Europe.
The Europe-wide competition, which is part of the UN Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to end Violence against Women, invites Europeans, professionals and non-professionals, to create an ad which states: “No to Violence against Women.”   Read more…

Live Twitter Chat with Helen Clark
How Can We Empower Women To End Poverty?

We are excited to announce the first live Twitter chat with a head of an UN agency in history! On International Women’s Day, March 8, Helen Clark will chat about women and development issues via her Twitter account @HelenClarkUNDP.

You can join the chat on Twitter by using #UNDPchat and follow it on

Time: 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM EST (NY Time, 17:00 – 18:00 in Brussels)

How can we empower women to end poverty? banner

When women succeed we all win

When Women Succeed, We All Win - UNDP poster for International Women's Day 2011"We come from different parts of the world. We lead different lives. We’ve taken different paths. But we have one thing in common. We are three women who had the opportunities to succeed.

Of those born into poverty around the world, women are a majority. Tens of millions miss out on education and, globally, women are more likely to be jobless and bearing the worst setbacks of the economic crisis.

But whether in Asia, Europe, Africa or the Americas, healthy, educated, employed women break poverty cycles, not just for themselves but for our families and communities too.

While we’ve risen above glass ceilings, there is still a long way to go. More women need to be involved in decision making and violence against women must end.

On International Women’s Day, we invite you to join our efforts as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme to advance rights and opportunities for women everywhere, so everyone wins. "

Brazilian footballer Marta Vieira da Silva, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova , Japanese actress Misako Konno

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