International Women's Day 2011

Every year since 1975, the United Nations celebrates 8 March as International Women's Day. This year’s global theme is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.

Gender equality and empowerment of women are central to economic and human development in a country. The realization of the right to education is essential to women being able to enjoy the full range of human rights. Education is a key driver of social change and economic growth, it paves the way out of poverty and disempowerment, and opens up access to participation in society and in political decision-making.

Information notes

The following are five information notes addressing issues such as the right to education, gender and development, sexual education, and safe schools:

Short films

Some of the short films titled “Stories on Human Rights by Filmmakers and Artists” produced by OHCHR in collaboration with the NGO "Art for the World" address women's issues: