As part of UNESCO’s efforts to promote gender equality, UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office will organize several events for International Women’s Day 2018.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year, a date recognized by the United Nations in 1975. UNESCO marks it as a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, and in particular as a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. This year’s theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.”
Gender equality is one of two global priorities within UNESCO’s overarching objectives of peace and equitable and sustainable development. In support for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 and as the global SDG4, UNESCO aims to empower learners to be creative and responsible global citizens. UNESCO also aims to foster social development and creativity, promote heritage and access to information, and strengthen science and innovation.
To mark the day this year, UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office will organize a number of events in Doha. Within the above context and given the importance of career guidance, UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office will bring recognized and experienced Qatari women to share their paths to success with Qatari youth in a select number of schools in Doha. On and around 8 March, these schools will host lectures by high-profile Qatari women in the field of culture, arts, science, sports, education and communication. The objective of these events is to provide an opportunity to expose young women to exciting careers and to mobilize young people on gender equality. Speakers have been invited from the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Qatar National Commission for UNESCO, Ooredoo, Qatar University, Qatar Business Incubation Center and the field of culture.
More than 1,000 students from the following participating schools are expected to participate in the celebration including from Al Maha Academy, Lycee Franco-Qatari Voltaire, Aisha Bint Abu Bakr Secondary School for Girls, Al Bayan Preparatory School for Girls and Qatar Academy.
In addition, together with the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, UNESCO Doha will organize a special panel on 11 March, featuring women in diplomacy in Qatar. The contributions of women in sustaining peace, and in implementing Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace, and security will be highlighted. Ambassadors in Qatar who have unique and diverse experiences to share, ranging from influencing a ‘feminist foreign policy’ to strengthening dialogue between cultures to serving as Goodwill Ambassadors, will share their experiences and efforts in peace and security. The panel will include:
H. E. Lulwah Al Khater, Official spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, H.E. Ivonne A-Baki, Ambassador of Ecuador to Qatar and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, H.E. Ewa Polano, Ambassador of Sweden to Qatar, H.E. Fatma Mohammed Rajab, Ambassador of Tanzania to Qatar, H.E. Rossana Cecilia Surballe, Ambassador of Argentina to Qatar, and H.E. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar. This is a public event beginning at 6am at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.