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United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2021
8 Mar 2021 -  This year's International Women's Day theme "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world" celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Event description:

Speakers include: 

- H.E. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations 
- H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly 
- H.E. Mher Margaryan, Chair of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women 
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women 
- Somaya Faruqi, member of the Afghan Girls Robotic Team 

Panel discussion on women’s leadership in a COVID-19 world moderated by Mr. Eddie Ndopu, SDG and disability rights advocate: 
- H.E. Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland 
- H.E. Elizabeth Gomez Alcorta, Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity of Argentina 
- Aya Chebbi, Outgoing African Union Youth Envoy, Chair of Africa Young Women Manifesto Group 
- Xiye Bastida, Climate justice activist and co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative 

 Generation Equality Forum segment featuring key messages from: 
- H.E. Élisabeth Moreno, Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities of France 
- Representative of the Government of Mexico 
- Chamathya Fernando and Anika Jane Dorothy, Members of the GEF Youth Task Force 
- Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh, Member of the GEF Civil Society Advisory Group 

Panel discussion on the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions and the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact 

Special video message by Eva Longoria, Actress, Activist, Producer and Philanthropist 

Musical performances by Angelica Hale, Pihcintu Chorus, and Broadway Singers