CANTIKA.COM, Jakarta – The theme of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022 is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable future”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the work of climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, to building a more sustainable future for all.
Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. The issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have a severe and lasting impact on our environment, economic and social development.
Those who are among the most vulnerable and marginalized experience the most impact. Women are increasingly recognized as more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men, as they make up the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on natural resources that are the most threatening climate change.
At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainability initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership results in more effective climate action.
Continuing to assess opportunities, as well as constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and become equal players in decision-making on climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
The commemoration of United Nations International Women’s Day with the theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable future”, will be marked by a high-level virtual event (TBC) on Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 10-11:30 EST.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of the General Assembly, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Executive Director of UN Women as well as gender equality and climate change activists and celebrities will participate. The event will be followed by a high-level panel discussion and musical performances.
The theme of International Women’s Day aligns with the priority theme of the upcoming 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”.
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