On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants.These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration).Read the full message► See the UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Women’s Day ► The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice.Join us to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. International Women’s Day 2018 – Observance at UN headquarters Join us for the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day, to be held on 8 March 2018 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York.Speakers will include UN Secretary-General, UN Women Executive Director, Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actor and activist, Danai Gurira, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and activist, and civil society representatives.
It 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.This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #Me Too and #Times Up in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population, and are being left behind in every measure of development.But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength. Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolising women. White represents purity, but is no longer used due to 'purity' being a controversial concept.Historically the combination of purple, green and white to symbolise women's equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908. The introduction of the colour yellow representing a 'new dawn' is commonly used to signify a second wave of feminism.The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move.It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.We invite you to create a public or private activity related to peace, spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in your community.In her message for International Women’s Day on March 8, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka draws attention to the work of rural and urban activists who have fought for women’s rights and gender equality.It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays.