International Women’s Day – 8 March 2024

International Women’s Day: International Women’s Day 2024 campaign theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Inspire Inclusion.

When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

Collectively, let’s forge a more inclusive world for women. Read more about a definition of what it means to inspire inclusion here.

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OHCHR: The world needs more women and girls to lead

Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) recognizes the essential role of women in maintaining international peace and security. It requires parties in a conflict to systematically prevent violations of their rights, to support their participation in peace negotiations and reconstruction, and to protect them from wartime sexual violence.

Almost a quarter of a century on, women and girls human rights defenders and peacebuilders – and their families – are increasingly being subjected to threats and attacks, in a widespread growing resistance and pushback against gender equality and human rights.

Further, despite being involved in activities that call for broader change, the voices of women and girls remain severely underrepresented in public life. They are disproportionately excluded from meaningful participation and consultations on critical decisions that affect their lives, including in peace and reconciliation processes. However, evidence shows that their leadership and participation in governments are crucial to rebuild peace and foster sustainable development.

Enduring peace will only be built with women at the table. Decisions on peace that do not reflect their realities and demands are not sustainable. In situations of conflict, as in peacetime, securing women’s rights means securing human rights for all.

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Safe Passage: Refugee women and girls face extra challenges and violence on their journeys to safety. On #IWD2024 and every day, I stand with refugee women and call for #RoutesToSafety for everyone seeking a safe place to call home.