UN and international action

International day - local celebrations

Information about the history and purpose of International Womens Day and how it will be marked across the world can be found on the International Womens Day website.

EQUALS? Join the big inequality debate.

EQUALS is a partnership of leading charities brought together by Annie Lennox to celebrate the centenary of International Women's Day. They are inviting people to consider the big questions about equality between women and men and share their views through their website.

UN celebrations for International Womens Day

The United Nations has celebrated International Womens Day since 1975 as a focus for its work tackling gender inequality. This year the UN has adopted as its theme for International Womens Day: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

Find out more about how the UN is marking International Womens Day from its IWD website

The work of UN Women

Last year the UN General Assembly established UN Women as the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, with a role to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

The work of UN Women is broad and involves making progress in these areas :

Find out more about the work of UN women from the UN women website

UN Factsheets about the status of women

The UN Human Rights Office has produced some factsheets about the relevance of gender to other human rights issues and areas of UN work. You can download these here:

Videos: 'Stories on Human Rights'

"Art for the World" together with OHCHR  produced a series of short films "Stories on Human Rights by Filmmakers and Artists". Some of these address women's issues, and are available on YouTube:

Our statement for the UN Human Rights Council

As an accredited National Human Rights Institution, the Commission participates in UN committees and activities. On International Womens Day  (IWD) this year we will have a representation at Human Rights Council (HRC) meeting 16.  We will use our speaking rights to call on the HRC to celebrate the centenary of IWD - read our statement in full.

Royal Commonwealth Society Report

To mark the Commonwealth's 2011 theme, 'Women as Agents of Change', the Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan UK have published 'Because You're a Girl: Growing Up in the Commonwealth' . The report compares how well girls/women are doing relative to boys/men in their country across eight indicators. The report suggests that it is political will - and not economic wealth - which is most important in advancing gender equality. Some of the poorest countries in the Commonwealth do relatively well against the eight indicators used in the report, while some rich countries remain a long way off gender equality.  Find out more and download the report from the RCS website

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