2015 International Women’s Day, UNFPA Statement

UNFPA EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICAN,  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN ' S DAY 2015girl child development in Nigeria, africagirlchild development in Nigeria, africa2015: Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential. ” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

This year’s theme, “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.


 Adebayo Fayoyin, PhD

Regional Communications Adviser

United Nations Population Fund

East and southern Africa Regional Office Johannesburg

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