Thursday, 8 March 2012

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Calls for Women’s Equal Participation in All Spheres of Life as Fundamental to Democracy and Justice

UN Women Press Release
For immediate release

Ms. Bachelet will commemorate International Women’s Day in Morocco, in solidarity with women striving for equality.

Calling for women’s increased political participation and economic empowerment, with a focus this year on rural women, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet underlines urgent actions needed to ensure gender equality, in her 2012 International Women’s Day message.

On 8 March Ms. Bachelet will commemorate International Women’s Day from Morocco, to underline the need for women in the region to be fully involved in the democratic transition processes. “Women’s full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is fundamental to democracy and justice, which people are demanding,” she says in her message. “Equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies.”

The official UN observance for International Women’s Day, with the theme “Empower Rural Women: End Poverty and Hunger,” was held at UN Headquarters in New York on 7 March, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the event along with other high-level officials and activists who work on issues related to rural women worldwide. Ms. Bachelet joined the gathering through a video message.