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United Nations to organise a special event in New York to mark International Women's Day-2018
The UN is going to organise a special event centred around the announced theme "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives" at the General Assembly Hall in New York-based United Nations headquarters from 10 am to 5 pm on March 8 to mark the International Women's Day-2018.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations will be opening the event with an inaugural address followed by talks and discussions moderated by Sade Baderinwa of the WABC News, informs UN-Women. The event will also feature musical performances by Drew Olivia Tillman and Broadway Singers.

According to UNFPA, "International Women's Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is dedicated to reflecting on the achievements of ordinary women who have made an extraordinary impact in their countries and communities, and to celebrate the contributions of women all around the world."

UNFPA has stressed gender equality in a variety of settings, including humanitarian crises where women are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse and classrooms where students are learning about comprehensive sexuality education.

At an earlier occasion, the UN chief had said that gender equality was enshrined in countless laws, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage had been outlawed in many countries, but serious obstacles remain if we were to address the historic power imbalances that underpin discrimination and exploitation.

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