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Bangkok - 03 Mar 2020

News Number: N/02/2020

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Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2020

2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide as the global community takes stock of the progress made for women’s rights. Despite some progress being made in the 25 years since the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, real change remains agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. At the current rate, it will take 99.5 years to realize equal rights for women and men, girls and boys everywhere.

On occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, celebrated globally on 8 March, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will organize an interactive dialogue under the global IWD theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The dialogue will take place on 9 March in Bangkok and bring together young change-makers, key influencers, civil society and youth groups to exchange valuable experiences on how to strengthen advocacy efforts and youth-led movements advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the Asia-Pacific region.

Note to Editors: You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend -

What: Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2020: Interactive Dialogue on “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

When: Monday, 9 March 2020, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Where: CR-4, UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Key Speakers:

Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Ms. Jane Holloway, Social Impact Director, Dragonfly 360
Ms. Net Supatravanij, co-founder, Ila Generation
Mr. Zaak Garett, Founder of #PolicyPlease campaign
Ms. Nanticha (Lynn) Ocharoenchai, Founder of Climate Strike Thailand
Ms. Sohaila Rezaee, Founder of Young Emerging Leaders
Dr. Nantanoot Suwannawut, Bureau of Special Education Administration, Ministry
of Education, Thailand
Ms. Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Thailand

For media registration, please email the following information to [email protected]:
First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number/copy of passport; Email Address; Mobile Number; News Agency; and latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer
Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP
T: (+66) 2 288 1869 / E: [email protected]

Ms. Montira Narkvichien, Regional Communications Specialist
UN Women Asia and the Pacific
T: (+66) 2 288 1579 / E: [email protected]

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