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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”. Unlocking the full potential of women in the work place is only possible when they are fully nourished and are fully supported by their communities. The realization of women’s rights and their full participation in society should be at the center of all strategies. An empowered woman who has access to and control over resources can influence the extent to which resources, specifically food, are allocated in the household, benefiting the health and nutrition outcomes of the entire family.

Well-nourished women have safer pregnancies, healthier children and are more productive members of society and the workforce. Well-nourished women and girls are healthier and have stronger immune systems, which make them more resistant to disease. Well-nourished girls are better able to go to school, get an education to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and help strengthen their societies.

By unlocking the potential of women’s equality and empowerment, we empower women to reach their full potential as leaders, workers, caregivers and human beings.

See UN Women’s coverage of International Women’s Day here.

FAO, IFAD and WFP will host an event under the theme “Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty” on 8 March from 10:00-12:30 CET at the FAO HQ in Rome, Italy. The event will be webcasted and interpretation will be avialable in all UN official langues. Details will be posted here as soon as they become available.

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