International Women's Day 2017: GENder4Envt 2017

Thu, 09/03/17

International Women's Day is celebrated globally every year on 8 March. This year's theme focused on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. 

This day is not only about women though, it’s about equal recognition for equal work, it’s about men championing gender issues for the positive changes that equality can bring, so it’s about all of us. We can all be a positive influence for change in our own offices and through the work we do at the global policy, regional, national and community levels.

This year, Marisol Estrella, who is Project Coordinator of the Disaster Risk Reduction programme at UN Environment, was recognised as one of Geneva’s best Gender and Environment advocates.

As a role model and through her unending encouragement, Marisol has been an inspiration to many young women, both inside and outside her team. She embodies the “every day” gender advocate that all of us can be.

Other inspiring figures such as Inger Andersen (Director General of IUCN) and Malcolm Johnson (Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union) were also shown recognition for their work in gender equality.

If you would like to know more about International Women’s Day, you can: