International Women’s Day Celebration in Egypt

Added on:  11-Mar-2014

IWD celebration in Cairo

On Saturday 8 March 2014, UN Women hosted an event at the Cairo Opera House to celebrate 2014 International Women's Day and the opening of its Arab States and North Africa regional office.

The event brought together leaders from the League of Arab States (LAS), the Egyptian government, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), gender advocates, policy-makers, donors, civil society organizations, UN Women partners, and members of the media.

Under the theme “Innovation for change: to shine together one day” the event celebrated the courage and determination of Arab women who played an extraordinary role in the Arab Spring. It was also an opportunity to reflect on progress made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.

The event called on leaders to further support the empowerment of women and girls in the Arab world. Arab women still face marginalization in most Arab countries, they are under-represented in politics, victims of violence, and   are one of the most affected groups during conflicts, stressed Dr. Sameera AlTuwaijri, UN Women Regional Director for Arab States.

The celebration also included the announcement of the Cairo Declaration - the outcome document of the high level meeting convened by UN Women in cooperation with LAS, UN Women and the Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) - a strong statement of support for women and girls in the post-2015 development agenda.  

As part of this commemoration, UN Women Arab States office unveiled to the public the Arabic version of the UN Women “One Woman” song. Arab singers from all over the Arab region came to Cairo to perform the song live and stress on its underlying message that “Arab women are united wherever they are, and men will be there to support women’s aspirations”. 

The commemoration also included film screening of the documentary movie “The Box” which depicts the journey of three female candidates to the Egyptian parliament in 2011.

IWD celebrations in Egypt will continue for the next two weeks with several events and activities to celebrate Arab women’s achievements and contributions to society.

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Story submitted by Emad Karim, Knowledge Gateway Regional Coordinator. Photo Credits: Fatma ElZahraa Yassin.

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