International Women’s Day 2017: A Message by U.N. Women’s Executive Director

In recognition and celebration of International Women’s Day March 8, 2017.

The events and demonstrations in recognition and celebration of International Women’s Day remind of us of the Women’s March on Washington, January 2017, and the continued demonstrations for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people.

In Washington, during the Women’s March, one after another, young women of color and diverse heritage spoke with eloquence and passion. Their speeches rose to the high expectations of oratory – oratory as it is rarely heard in the U.S. Congress. One after another women in leadership roles spoke. Celebrating their diversity they were of every hue, black, brown and white and they wore garb that expressed their identity, their ethnicity and race, and their religion. At Garn we applaud them for their oratory and thank them for their commitment to women’s rights and human rights on International Women’s Day March 8, 2017.

In her message for International Women’s Day on 8 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of starting change in the home in order to “construct a different world of work for women”


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