In an increasingly connected world, innovation and technology should provide unprecedented opportunity. But the truth is alarming, as trends indicate a growing divide.
Every year, an estimated 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married worldwide, with little or no say in the matter.
Every year, at least 1000 honor killings occur in India and Pakistan each.
To this day, the barbarism of female genital mutilation affects more than 200 million girls and women in over 30 countries.
According to the UN Foundation, 62 million girls around the world are simply denied an education.
And a 2016 study by the UNDP found that approximately 95 Billion Dollars are lost in sub-Saharan Africa each year because women have lower participation in the paid labour force.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made by women 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.
The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
On 8 March, join us as we celebrate a future in which innovation and technology creates opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building an inclusive world.