Feature Friday: UN Corner

International Women's DayBy Jill Tardiff

The Women’s National Book Association is a Non-Governmental Organization member of the United Nations, supporting the United Nation in its goals. Below, find some of the upcoming UN events in support of women around the globe!



International Women’s Day — March 8 2013

Women’s Day 2013
2013 Theme: “The Gender Agenda—Gaining Momentum”

“International Women’s Day 8 March is an incredibly amazing day. Millions of people around the world come together celebrating achievement or fighting for justice.”

Follow on Twitter: @womensday

Women for Women International
“A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

Recommended reading:
If You Knew Me You Would Care, by Zainab Salbi, with photographs by Rennio Maifredi


Commission on the Status of Women — March 4–15, 2013

“Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

  • Priority theme: “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”
  • Review theme: “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”
  • Emerging theme: “Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework”
  • Priority theme 2014: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”

Participants: Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

Side events (select themes):

  • “Engendering Bottom-up Reform: Grassroots Women’s Tool for Securing Access to Justice,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Huairou Commission
  • “Using new technology and social media to address violence against women and girls,” Sponsor(-s): Australia
  • “A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear: Working to End Gender Based Violence at School,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), Plan International, 10×10
  • “Safety of Women Journalists,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • “UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment,” Sponsor(-s): UN Women
  • “Girls Growing Up Free of Violence: Promoting Tolerance, Equality and Respect,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • “Effective Remedies for Victims of Trafficking in Persons,” Sponsor(-s): Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Follow CSW:
Facebook: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Twitter: @UN_CSW (hashtag: #CSW57)


The United Nations on iTunes

Surprised? Don’t be. You can hold the UN in the palm of your hand with these various apps with topics including Basic Facts about the United Nations, United Nations Charter, Millennium Development Goals. Most are free, while others charge a nominal fee. Podcasts from UN Radio and United Nations University are also available.

Recommendations: Charter of the United Nations; Millennium Development Goals; Model UN; Rio+20 Agenda; UN Chronicle; UNESCO World Heritage; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; UN Calendar of Observances; UNICEF Photography; Women’s Rights.

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