Every March 8, women from different countries, ages,
cultures and conditions come together to commemorate International Women's Day. The UN says "International Women's
Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the
centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing
Since the United Nations Charter—the first international
agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right—was signed, the
UN has helped create internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programs and
goals to advance the status of women worldwide. In 2010, it created UN Women, an entity that works specifically
to achieve gender equality and to empower women around the world.
The 2016 theme is "Planet
50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality." Countries are urged to
reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development and the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, whose
fifth goal is "gender equality."
For more information, see: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/es/home/sdgoverview/post-2015-development-agenda/