U.N. Agencies Recognize International Women’s Day

UNAIDS: On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS calls for greater action to protect young women and adolescent girls
“On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to step up and protect young women and adolescent girls from HIV. … Much more needs to be done to reach young people with HIV prevention, treatment, and care. … Investing in education. Investing in HIV and other health services. Preventing and protecting women and girls from violence. Eradicating harmful practices such as early, forced, and child marriage. Promoting women’s rights. Through these actions young women and adolescent girls can be protected from HIV and the world can build towards ending AIDS by 2030” (3/8).

UNFPA: A league of extraordinary women: Real life super heroes
“In 1994, global leaders committed to achieving a better, fairer world for women. At the International Conference on Population and Development, governments agreed that countries must uphold each individual’s right to make free and informed choices over their own sexual and reproductive health. These rights — which encompass the right to sexual health information, the right to the highest possible standard of reproductive health care, and the empowerment and autonomy of women — are a precondition for achieving gender equality. Yet 25 years later, these rights have not been realized for all. … But something extraordinary is happening: Women around the world are stepping up, defying the odds to secure the rights of their friends, sisters, and countrywomen…” (3/8).

World Health Organization: Celebrating women leaders in science and health
“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate all the women who have had a pioneering role in advancing science and health. … On 8 March 2019, it’s a moment to recall that principles of human rights and social equity require that women play just as significant roles in science and health as men” (3/6).

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