International Women’s Day 2022

UN Women’s annual International Women’s Day campaign, taking place on March 8 has a theme of “Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”

As so many of the larger in-person IWD events are not able to proceed this year, we’re inviting UN Women Aotearoa NZ supporters and businesses to fundraise for one of UN Women’s projects in the pacific region,  The Kiribati Women and Children’s Support Centre (KWCSC)

By hosting a small gathering and donating the cost of your morning tea/lunch, you can help KWCSC support women and children affected by family violence. 

The elimination of violence is critical for gender equality. You can read more about KWCSC’s important and life changing work here.

You can stand with us on the frontlines and support women and girls in Kiribati at threat of violence. Please give what you can today

If you are still planning an event, we invite you to register this here

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) recognises the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. The issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have, severe and lasting impacts on our environment, economic and social development. Those who are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized experience the deepest impacts. Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.

The theme for IWD 2022 is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) also in March 2022: “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”.

In 1975 the UN recognised International Women’s Day as a day dedicated to the rights of women, but its beginnings were long before that.  It was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911, and in some countries was soon established as a public holiday.

In New Zealand, International Women’s Day is a special day for UN Women Aotearoa NZ. Organisations, workplaces, small and large are invited to organise fundraising events across the country to mark the day and raise funds for UN Women’s programmes for women and girls.  

International Women’s Day Parliamentary Breakfast Livestream Event

UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand and Zonta Club of Wellington and invite you to join us for the livestream breakfast event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

This event recognises the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

This year the event will be online only. We made this decision given uncertainty around COVID-19 and the opportunity this provides to make the event more accessible.

Register now for this free event to receive full details of the livestream connection. 

The keynote speakers are:

Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO

Governor-General of New Zealand

Hon Jan Tinetti

Minister of Internal Affairs, and Minister for Women

Sophie Handford

Kapiti Coast District Councillor, and Climate Change Activist

Ranjna Patel, ONZM, QSM

Founder of Tamaki Health & Gandhi Nivas

Register to join the zoom here

International Women’s Day 2021

IWD 2021 campaign theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end all forms of violence against women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs.