The United Nations Women’s Organization has set the theme for International Women’s Day as “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”, which will be marked by a high-level virtual event on Tuesday 8 March 2022.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, the Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Executive Director of UN Women as well as activists for gender equality and climate change and celebrities will participate.
“Without gender equality today, a sustainable future and an equal future remains beyond our reach,” UN Women said in a document made available to the Ghanaian news agency in Tema.
According to UN Women, the theme is aligned with the priority theme of the upcoming 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the world. context of climate change, environment and political disasters and risk reduction programs ”.
The day would be used to recognize the contribution of women and girls around the world, who lead the charge in climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
The UN Women document also recognizes that promoting gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.
According to UN Women, climate change and sustainability issues have had and will continue to have serious and lasting impacts on the environment, economic and social development.
UN Women noted that women are increasingly recognized as more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources that climate change threatens the most. .
At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change agents for climate change adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainable development initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership translates into more effective climate action.
According to UN Women, continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal actors in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential. essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. .