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UN's International Women's Day theme: 'Equality for women is progress for all'
According to the UN website of Women Watch, the official theme for International Women's Day (IWD) for 2014 is "Equality for women is progress for all." IWD will be celebrated by women's rights activists and the UN agencies across the world on 8th March.

"Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action," informs the website

This year?s theme is meant to emphasize that gender equality, empowerment of women, women?s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It will also stress the vital role of women as agents of development during the current year.

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.

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