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UN International Women's Day 2012

For a PowerPoint overview of observances, click here.

"Empower Women, End Hunger and Poverty" was the theme of observances in 14 nations of International Women's Day, March 8, 2012.

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Accra, Ghana - "The Role of Women in a Time of Social Transformation" was the theme of an International Women's Day Conference at the Nogahil Hotel in Accra on March 8.

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Kokologho, Burkina Faso - In partnership with the literacy program of the national Ministry of Education and the Mayor of Kokologho, UPF-Burkina Faso organized a celebration of International Women's Day on March 27 attended by more than 300 people.

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Bangui, Central African Republic - A women's conference on March 21 and 22 culminated celebrations of the International Women's Day in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. The Women's Federation for World Peace, UPF, and OFCA (the main women's group in the country) sponsored the event, which concluded with an Ambassador for Peace appointment.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - In commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, free food and clothes were distributed to elderly women, elderly men and children who are victims of Nepal’s ongoing conflict.

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New Delhi, India - In commemoration of International Women's Day, UPF-India organized a debate competition among university students and a program at the UN Information Centre on March 13.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - "Where there is will, there is a way" was the slogan under which the 2012 activities of UPF-Argentina began with a reunion dinner and celebration of International Women's Day held in Buenos Aires on March 9.

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Montevideo, Uruguay - UPF-Uruguay and the Women's Federation for World Peace-Uruguay organized a celebration of International Women's Day at the Radisson Hotel on March 26 on the themes of empowering rural women and ending hunger and poverty.

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Washington, DC, USA - The Washington Times Beech conference room was the venue for over 70 guests from the diplomatic corps and the private sector for the commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 27 invited by UPF-DC International Office and co-sponsors The Leadership Council for Human Rights and The Washington Times Foundation.

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Lima and Trujillo, Peru - A program commemorating UN Women's Day took place on March 8 at the national Congress in an event featuring speeches and awards for women who have overcome various barriers. Another event took place in Trujillo in coordination with the National Police of Peru.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - A commemoration of International Women's Day took place at School #136 in Tbilisi with a variety of educational activities from March 1-8.

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London, UK - In Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords, Baroness Sandip Verma hosted the 2012 celebration of UN International Women's Day on March 12 organized by UPF UK and its partners, Women's Federation for World Peace and the Association for the Development of Mongolian Women in Europe.

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Tallinn, Estonia - On International Women’s Day, March 8, UPF-Estonia organized a program that included entertainment by dancers of different ethnic backgrounds living in Tallinn and presentations by two women, each a mother of three children, on How to Combine Family and Social Activity and the Heart of a Mother.

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Prague, Czech Republic - UPF-Czech Republic convened a conference on March 9 in Prague on the Identity and Role of Women in the Family and Society to commemorate International Women's Day. In a program which brought the issues of family and especially women into the center of interest, four women speakers dealt with this topic from different points of view.

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Novosibirsk, Russia - An International Women’s Day forum on the theme of “Solidarity of Women in the Age of Globalization” took place in Novosibirsk on March 6. Leaders of women’s NGOs, other NGOs, and Ambassadors for Peace addressed issues of child rearing and women's dignity.

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