UN Women Australia is calling for all generations to join together in campaigning for gender equality this International Women’s Day, March 6. UN Women will be celebrating the day with the global theme Generation Equality.
Generation Equality is a call to action to join forces across generations, to create a new vision where every girl and women everywhere has equal opportunities to lead, to learn, to earn a decent living and to live a life free from violence and discrimination. Generation Equality highlights the importance of intergenerational collaboration and accelerating action, Still today, there is no country in the world that has achieved gender equality and UN Women believe that it is time to pick up the pace of change, working together, across generations, to create a lasting vision for equality.
Executive Director of UN Women Australia Janelle Weissman said, “We must accelerate our efforts to catalyse real change within a generation. One way we can do this is through ensuring women and adolescent girls have equal opportunities to access an education and income. When education benefits women and men equally, it delivers unmatched outcomes. This is why we are proud to be supporting UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning program this International Women’s Day. We recognise that with an education, anything is possible, for this generation and for generations to come.”
UN Women Australia’s 2020 International Women’s Day events will feature a dynamic discussion around the benefits of education and employment for women and adolescent girls with local partners Luz Restrepo, CEO of SisterWorks and Wendy Yarnold, CEO of Real Futures and Coordinator of UN Women’s Second Chance Education pilot program in Australia, Sonali Hedditch. Funds raised from the events will support UN Women’s Second Chance Education program in Australia and around the world.