IWD has been marked by the UN since 1975 and the main event will be commemorated in New York which will be webcast. At UN headquarters, the observance traditionally will be marked with a message from the UN Secretary-General as well as with statements and events from across the UN system, informs the website.
The main event will be graced by Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and Andrea Nunez Vice President of the World YWCA Board.
In Australia, nation's UN Women National Committee has made Lauren Jackson, star basketball player as national Champion for the organization to support efforts to promote women?s empowerment and gender equality. According to a release, Lauren will attend the Canberra International Women?s Day on March 7 and help to educate her large audience about the importance of gender equality.
According to UN, IWD observance should be regarded as an occasion to reflect on progress made in gender equity, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.