March 8 2020 is International Women’s Day. ICJW Affiliates recognise this date as the world’s most important day for all women and girls . ICJW members hold or attend special events honouring women around the world. The 2020 Theme for International Women’s Day is ‘An Equal World is an Enabled World‘.
International Women’s Day heralds the start of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, which speaks to every woman in every community globally.
Many thousands of women attend the CSW each year, including activists and organisations working to raise awareness of Status of Women issues such as widespread gender inequality.
This year ICJW’s CSW delegation will number 16 members drawn from affiliates in Australia, UK, France, Switzerland and USA. ICJW’s New York UN team has organised two events to be held in Week One of the Commission on the Status of Women.
On Tuesday March 10, a Parallel Event: We Have Your Back. Ending the cycle of online harassment-threats-violence against women and girl leaders is co-sponsored by ICJW, along with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, League of Women Voters of the United States, Pan Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, and the African Development Interchange Network.
On Thursday March 12, a Parallel Event: Women – Speak Up! A presentation skills workshop is co-sponsored by International Council of Jewish Women with NGO CSW/NY and Baha’i International Community.
On Monday March 9, ICJW’s affiliate organisation NCJW USA‘s Parallel Event: Ageing and Women- Promoting Economic Security and Ending Abuse will be co-sponsored by NCJW USA, Sisterhood of Salaam – Shalom; Jewish Family and Children’s Services; Israeli Consulate.
On Wednesday March 11, Global Rights for Women ‘s Parallel Event: Why the World Needs a Treaty on Violence Against Women is based on the EVERY WOMAN TREATY which ICJW signed up to last year.
Every member and affiliate of ICJW can join in activities marking International Women’s Day. We are all interested in how this day is observed in your community.
By ICJW Chair of Status of Women Committee, Robyn Lenn.