This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day draws attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population, and are being left behind in every measure of development.
UNV works with all of its UN entity partners on SDG 5, gender quality. In a recent survey of UN Volunteers, 691 indicated that their assignments contribute most to SDG 5. These 691 respondents were spread across 21 UN entity partners and 11 peacekeeping missions, with the highest number of responses coming from UN Volunteers hosted by UNDP, UNMISS, MONUSCO, UNHCR, UN Women and UNFPA. In 2018, 138 UN Volunteers are serving with UN Women to advance gender equality and to empower women and girls in 27 countries worldwide.
The strong partnerships that UNV has – including with UN Women – are rooted in a joint commitment to the global movement for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice. In so doing, we recognize the tireless work of people who have been central to this global push for gender equality. These individuals are often volunteers, who take the lead on gender equality by promoting reform, highlighting the complexities of the challenges facing women, influencing policies, participating in monitoring, and upholding accountability.
Join us in celebrating our UN Volunteers and other volunteers who are advancing gender issues and impacting on women’s lives in rural and urban settings. In line with Sustainable Development Goal 5, They are volunteering to safeguard the basic rights of women and girls, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination, and avail opportunities for women and girls to learn, engage and lead.