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