This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
It is also the first International Women’s Day for UN Women, created by the UN General Assembly on 2 July 2010.
The official theme for this year is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.
To mark International Women’s Day, the EU Commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs will launch tomorrow, for the fifth year in a row, a Gender drawing competition designed to raise awareness on women’s conditions and rights in developing countries, through the involvement of children between 8 to 10 years old from: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, Latin America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and non-EU Countries in Europe including the Eastern Neighbors of the EU. They will have to submit drawings reflecting on how girls and boys, women and men, together can make the world a better place.
Deadline: 20 May 2011
The Commissioner will also inaugurate a joint EU/UN photo exhibition in Timor Leste with the Special Representative of the UNSG Ms Ameerah Haq. Commissioner Piebalgs will reaffirm the European Commission’s steadfast commitment to improve the rights and chances for women, as well as the representation of women in developing countries to speed up progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Today after debating reports by Mariya Nedelcheva MEP (“Equality between women and men in 2010”) and by Rovana Plumb MEP (on “Female poverty”), at 11.30 CET Members of the European Parliament will formally mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in the European Parliament Chamber in Strasbourg.
Watch and join in the celebrations live here!
Find out what is happening worldwide on http://www.un.org/en/events/women/iwd/2011 International Women’s Day 2011