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International women's day: Messages from various UN agencies
On the occasion of the International Women's Day being celebrated on March 8 with the theme "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change", the UN Chief Antonio Guterres; Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; and Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay have release their messages urging the world community to ensure gender equity and celebrate women's contributions to digital space.

"Nationalist, populist and austerity agendas add to gender inequality with policies that curtail women's rights and cut social services. In some countries, while homicide rates overall are decreasing, femicide rates are rising. In others we see a rollback of legal protection against domestic violence or female genital mutilation. We know women's participation makes peace agreements more durable, but even governments that are vocal advocates fail to back their words with action. The use of sexual violence as a tactic in conflict continues to traumatize individuals and entire societies," stated UN Chief Antonio Guterres in his message.

UN Women has the slogan 'Planet 50-50' by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality'. Accordingly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka  in her message said, "When we put the focus on those who are least heard, and least visible?whether individuals, or those hundreds of millions of informal sector workers who currently have little or no presence in official planning, or financial protection that will sustain them in ill-heath, child care or older age?we are tackling some of the deepest-reaching social problems and can make the progress we want to see."

The message from Audrey  stressed the need of proper Digital Space for women and stated, "UNESCO  is  committed  to  making  a  positive  and  lasting  contribution  to  women's  empowerment  and  gender  equality.  Each  one  of  us  can  make  a  difference,  by  rejecting  bias  and  discrimination,  ensuring  that  online  spaces  are  safe  for  all,  celebrating women's achievements and fostering women's contribution in the digital sphere, and all spheres of life."

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