INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017

8 March 2017 – “The richness, welfare and prosperity of countries depend on the full integration of women in the development process”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, commemorating International Women’s Day at a ceremony in Nairobi as part of his visit to Kenya where he hailed Kenya’s role in multilateralism.
Noting the three pillars of the UN – human rights, peace and security and development – he also underlined that “it is better to prevent conflict when we have women fully empowered in societies and it’s better to solve conflicts when fully participate in conflict resolution.”

Secretary-General António Guterres meeting with youth leaders and women political aspirants in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: UN Habitat/Julius Mwelu

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CELEBRATIONS ON THE DAY BY UNIC COLOMBO
UNIC Colombo celebrated the Day with “Mihithala Mithuro (Friends of Earth), an environmental development foundation at Kodigahakandain Olaboduwa North on the 8th of March under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The main message conveyed by the inspirational speeches made at the event was well absorbed by the audience.