This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, and justice. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women under the theme: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Celebrating the activists working relentlessly to claim women’s rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban.
Think equal, build smart, innovate for change
According to Mother Teresa, “If your eyes are positive, you will love the world. But if your tongue is positive. The world will love you. Women’s love is in action. She looks with her heart and feels with her eyes. A woman is a bank where her family deposits all anger, worries, and heart. A woman is a block of cement that keeps her family together and her love lasts a lifetime.”
Send this to every beautiful woman you know.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The 2019 theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
Gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals
International Women’s Day 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 inclusively and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Using the International Women’s Day logo
New UN Women Logo Unveiled
During a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 January, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bache let unveiled the organization’s new logo.
The logo plays off the familiar women’s symbol, but with alterations. The additional horizontal cross bar forms an equal sign, while the round shape of the women’s symbol contains the globe. This hybrid creates a new symbol to convey the message of equality for women worldwide. The two sides of the logo are differentiated by color to represent men and women, joined by the equal symbol. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Around the world, a significant level of activity gets underway and many groups and organizations use the IWD logo, the annual campaign theme, and IWD assets to promote awareness about gender parity. The IWD logo is used to support and unify activity that celebrates and drives women’s advancement, and it’s brilliant to see the large volume of worldwide activity each year driving gender parity.
What the logo can and can’t be used for
We want to make sure the International Women’s Day brand and logo are always used for positive causes – and in ways that benefit women. Therefore, we simply ask for a bit of background information about how you may be looking to use the logo, so we are kept aware. And for us, this is also an awesome way to hear about the amazing activities going on around the world, much of which we like to celebrate and help amplify.