“RURAL AND URBAN ACTIVIST TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES”

#TIMEIsNOW: RURAL AND URGAN ACTIVIST TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES |
International Women’s Day
Dated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Venue: GA Hall,UNHQ, New YorK
The Event is organized by UN WOMEN Under this year’s theme, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, events around the world will capture the vibrant work of activists and their mobilization for change.
Report & Photos by SHIRISH BOHARA, The Light Millennium, Youth
NGO Rep. to the United Nations Department of Public Information


Today is my first day to represent The Light Millennium Organization, and i am really exited and equally happy because getting my first representation in the Occasion of Women’s day at the United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA) Hall at 8th March, which is internationally celebrated as the “International Women’s Day”. It is an important occasion for all of us to pause for a moment to reflect on ourselves, to appreciate how much has been done and what more needs to be done in the field of gender equality. Moreover, it is the day to acknowledge all the men and women in the world for making this world a better place for everyone to live in.

The List of Speakers and Chief Guest are as Follows:

  • E. Antonio Guterres,Secretary-General of United Nation
  • E.Mr Miroslav Lajcak,President of General Assembly
  • Ms. Julie Bishop MP,Minister of Foreign Affairs,Australia
  • E MS.Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the 62nd of the CSW.
  • Monica Ramirez,Co-Founder and president of Alianza Nacional de Campisinas.
  • Phumzile Miambo- Ngcuka,Executive Director, UN WOMEN
  • Reese Witherspoon, Academy award Winning Actor and Activist
  • Danai Gurira, Tony-Nominated Playwright, Actor and Activist.
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
  • Karen Yelick, CEO Indego Africa.
  • Marai Larasi, Executive Director, Timken
  • Shahrashoub Razav, Chief, Research and Data, UN WOMEN.

And the Event is moderated by Sade Baderinwa, WABC News.

#TimeIsNow

The Opening Remarks from H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of United Nation
H.E. Antonio Guterres stated:

• “Time of Equality and Opportunity,
• Respect and equal participation,
• Time of into violence.
Around the world women’s and girls are calling out abusive behavior and discriminative attitude that face everywhere and all the time. They are insisting on lasting change that is what women and girls want, and that is what I want, and this is every sensible man and boy wants.”

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said: “We know that healthy societies include a wide mix of voices, yet millions of women around the world are being silenced and their potential cramped. The current solidarity movements have to be a tipping point for accountability; an end to impunity and the cyclical poverty of women in both rural and urban areas. Lively political activism from both men and women must target change for those who need it most”.

UN Women’s latest report, Turning Promises into Action, reveals:

Many Countries Still lacks Legislation on Violence upon women

– 49countries have no legislation on domestic violence

– 45countries have no legislation that specifically addresses sexual harassment

37 countries exempt rape perpetrators from prosecution if they are married to or subsequently marry the victim

– More than 50 per cent of urban women and girls in developing countries live in conditions where they lack at least one of the following: access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities, durable housing, and sufficient living area. (Source: from UN WOMEN Press Release | #UNWomen)

Posted on 26 March 2018.

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