Gloria Steinem, a world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist, once explained, “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

International Women's Day 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. Any government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub can contribute to International Women's Day. IWD is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. It is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level.

The 2019 UN 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.

Here is a list of events UN prepared to celebrate International Women's Day in Ukraine:

5.03 - An interactive lecture on International Women's Day and women in politics for students of Shevchenko University (UNDP)

A gender expert on women in politics will deliver an interactive lecture for students to engagement the youth into political arena. The event can be livestreamed on Facebook/Youtube. A poster exhibition “Women.Equality.Politics” will be hosted at the university during the lecture.

5.03. - A flashmob of quotes on International Women's Day from the Heads of United Nations Agencies in Ukraine.

Available in English on Twitter and on UN Facebook in Ukrainian.

5.03. An online quiz on Gender Equality Stereotypes on the UN Facebook page in English and Ukrainian

A quiz starts on 5 March. The concept with questions, answers, pictures were prepared by the UN Agencies in Ukraine.

6.03 An online quiz on UNDP Ukraine Facebook page

A quiz starts on 6 March and ends on 8 March. The concept with questions, answers, pictures are to be prepared by the UN Gender and Communications teams

13.03 - Launch event of the HeForShe Arts Week which is now Women in Arts Award Ceremony (UN Women)

The HeForShe Art Week will be held in Kyiv for the second time. It will be dedicated to Ukrainian female artists of the past and present. UN Women in collaboration with the leading national experts in arts and culture establishes an award Women in Arts in 5 nominations (visual arts, music, theatre and cinema, literature, curators & art managers). The events will be held in Izolyatsiya Art Platform.

8-15.03 - HeForShe Arts Week 2019 (series of 9 arts events) (UN Women)

The Global HeForShe Arts Week is held annually in many world capitals. It aims at women’s empowerment though arts and culture. In Kyiv, Arts Week will host a number of arts events in various galleries and museums: Public Talk with Dakh Daughters (Izoliatsiya, 8.03), Emancipation in Fashion by Tania Solovei, Vogue UA (National Art Museum 9.03), guided tour on female artists in Khanenko Museum (10.03), 2 film screenings at movie theatre Kyiv (11.03, 13.03), talk about women curators by Lisa German (The Naked Room, 12.03), Public Talk of Masha Lanko about women artists (The Naked Room, 14.03), Arts Tandems by Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko (Port Creative Hub, 15.03). America House, British Council and Izoliatsia Art Platform will host partnership events in frames of the HeForShe Arts Week.

8.03 - Women’s March (UN Women)

Civil Society Organizations are organizing the annual march for women’s rights. UN Women are supporting the event and contributing with visual products (posters, banners) and participation. The event will be promoted on UN Women social media pages.

7.03 - An article on women in politics (UNDP)

An article/op-ed on women in politics to be released on UNDP platforms/media.

4.03-8.03 - A social media campaign: A series of social media posts by UN agencies

A series of social media posts by different UN agencies featuring photos of heads of their agency with short quotes on gender equality. Input from each agency is to be provided to UN RCO (a photo and a short catchy quote on gender equality)

4.03-8.03 - A social media campaign: A series of social media posts on women in politics

A series of social media posts of posters on women in politics (Stop Censorship contest) with key figures/data related to gender equality in politics

4.03-8.03 - A social media campaign: A series of feature stories “Women and innovation”

A collection of stories from various UN agencies showing how innovation increases gender equality, sustainable infrastructure for gender equality etc.

7.03 - A blog post on IWD and innovations (UNDP)

A blog post on IWD and innovations on the Ukrainska Pravda by Larysa Denysenko, UNDP Tolerance Envoy

7.03 - A blogpost for the UNICEF Global Voice of Youth Platform (UNICEF)

A blog entry from a girl participating in the UPSHIFT innovation program, funded by UNICEF and EU

7.03 - A feature story on girls empowerment (UNICEF)

Human Interest Story on girls teams and their social entrepreneurship projects supported by the UPSHIFT innovation program

7.03 - World Largest Lesson Session on Gender Equality (UNICEF)

Open World Largest Lesson session in partnership with EdEra educational platform to be organized at one of the Kyiv based school with a live streaming to UNICEF Ukraine Facebook page

13.03 - High level tripartite round table on maternity protection (ILO Convention 183), organized by ILO in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine (ILO)

The round table is aimed at presenting and discussion of the results of legislative gap analysis to ILO Convention 183 and the way forward its ratification.

Decent working conditions and employment protection for pregnant and new mothers are fundamental rights and they are preconditions of gender equality. This is what the ILO Convention C183 is promoting - further enhance the degree of maternity protection extending protection to nursing women from any employment-related discrimination that may occur, for instance, at recruitment or unjustifiable lay-off.

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