International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is dedicated to reflecting on the achievements of ordinary women who have made an extraordinary impact in their countries and communities, and to celebrate the contributions of women all around the world. The theme for this year's International Women's Day is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
UNFPA’s work expands the possibilities for women and girls to lead healthy and productive lives. In addition to promoting women's health care, UNFPA advocates for gender equality at the international and national levels. UNFPA also spreads messages about gender equality in a variety of settings, including humanitarian crises where women are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse and classrooms where students are learning about comprehensive sexuality education. UNFPA also works to empower women and girl activists, who have gone on to become leaders and decision-makers in their communities.