International Women's Day
To mark the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD 2017), FAO, IFAD and WFP will host an event under the theme “Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty”. This event will provide an opportunity to share lessons, good practices and concrete actions for achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls in order to eradicate hunger and poverty. As the UN-wide theme for IWD 2017 is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”, the event will pay particular attention to women’s work and employment as key components of the fight against hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. It will highlight forward-looking solutions and present examples of the work of the Rome-based Agencies in support of rural women in food systems and agricultural value chains. In alignment with the pledge to “leave no one behind”, which is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the IWD 2017 celebration will continue the dialogue with key stakeholders begun during the High-Level Event which was held at FAO headquarters on 16 December 2016 with the same title, “Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty”. FAO will host the IWD 2017 event, on behalf of the Rome-based Agencies.