Tomorrow the United Nations (UN) and women worldwide will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), to honor the many women in history whose courage and triumphs have led to significant changes in women’s rights and gender equality.
The theme of IWD 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” In an excerpt from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the Occasion of International Women’s Day, he says:
“This year on International Women’s Day, we convert our outrage into action. We declare that we will prosecute crimes against women – and never allow women to be subjected to punishments for the abuses they have suffered. We renew our pledge to combat this global health menace wherever it may lurk – in homes and businesses, in war zones and placid countries, and in the minds of people who allow violence to continue. We also make a special promise to women in conflict situations, where sexual violence too often becomes a tool of war aimed at humiliating the enemy by destroying their dignity.”
President Barack Obama is participating in IWD by signing into law the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act today. This Act extends and expands domestic violence protections, including new tools to respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
How you can get involved
How can you inspire change and spread the message of global unity for women’s rights and gender equality?
- Join the conversation and follow @UN_Women with the hashtag #1woman on Twitter.
- Download the UN’s Entity for General Equality, UN Women’s new song “One Woman” on iTunes or Amazon for $0.99. All proceeds go directly to the UN Women in support of its programs to empower women on the ground.
- Share this IWD video message from UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter channels.
- Donate a Tweet on Thunderclap.
Together, we can take steps towards eradicating violence against women.