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International Women's Day 2018
8 Mar 2018 -  Opening remarks by the President of the UN General Assembly, 62nd session. With the UN Secretary-General and the UN Deputy Secretary-General.
The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
Moderated by Sade Baderinwa, WABC News.
Opening session: 10–10.30 a.m.
Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly
Hon. Ms. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Ms. Monica Ramirez, Co-Founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (Key-note)
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
Fireside chat: 10.30–11.15 a.m.
Ms.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
Ms. Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actor and activist
Ms. Danai Gurira, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and activist
Panel discussion: 11.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
Ms. Karen Yelick, CEO Indego Africa
Ms. Marai Larasi, Executive Director, Imkaan
Ms. Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research and Data, UN Women
Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham (video message)
The event will also feature musical performances by Drew Olivia Tillman and Broadway Singers.
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.
Making the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality, to leave no one behind, needs urgent action in rural areas to ensure an adequate standard of living, a life free of violence and harmful practices for rural women, as well as their access to land and productive assets, food security and nutrition, decent work, education and health, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights.