International Women’s Day, March 8 2012

The rights of women must be protected

Too often marginalised, women living in rural settings face steep challenges to the exercise of their human rights, their personal development and the pursuit of their aspirations. Across the world, this is weakening societies and holding back their development. Tackling this problem is the goal of the 2012 International Women’s Day.

The rights of rural women must be protected, and their aspirations must be supported. International Women’s Day is a chance for all to take a stand against this form of discrimination and marginalisation that weakens all of our societies.
Click here to read about UNESCO’s efforts to support women’s rights, and to read the full message from UNESCO Director General Mme Irina Bokova on International Women’s Day 2012.