Happy International Women's Day
Belgrade, 7.03.2014. - "Today, we look back with pride at the achievements that have been made. More women are working. More girls are in school. Fewer women die in pregnancy and childbirth. And more women are in leadership positions. But no country in the world has achieved equality between women and men and girls and boys, and Serbia is no exception"-said Michel Saint-Lot, UN RC a.i. at the conference "Women and Economy", held in the Club of MP's on March 7, on the eve of International Women's Day.
The conference was organized by Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy - Gender Equality Directorate, with a purpose to reflect on the position of women in the country, with a focus on their economic empowerment, and to celebrate the achievements of successful women in business.
The event was held on the occasion of International Women's Day, marked annually today on 8 March worldwide. On the International Women's Day, the United Nations are celebrating the progress made in the advancement of women's social, political and economic rights and women's empowerment, while focusing the world's attention on areas requiring further action to achieve full and substantive equality between women and men.
The 2014 theme for the Day is: "Equality for women is progress for all". In his message on the occasion of March 8th, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: "Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all."
The full statement of the Secretary General is available at http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/2014/sgmessage.shtml
Today, UN Women also launched #HeforShe - a new global equality branding campaign, in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls.
To join the campaign and raise your voice, go to: http://heforshe.org