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#Women4Multilateralism - International Women's Day 2022

08.03.2022

On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day (8 March), the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna joined forces with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, who created with the Permanent Mission of Gabon in Geneva this awareness-raising project to make visible the role of contemporary as well as historical female leaders from all across the world - women who contributed to the advancement of multilateralism and the ideals of the UN, from human rights to development, and to peace and security.

Women have been playing a crucial role in contributing to multilateralism and our common quest to advance peace and security, human rights and development. Indeed, without the commitment of several remarkable women, the ground-breaking United Nations Charter signed in 1945 would not have been as inclusive as we know it today.

On 25 January 2022, UNESCO inaugurated the International Day of Women in Multilateralism, based on a resolution spearheaded by Gabon and adopted in November 2021 at UNESCO's General Conference.

On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day (8 March), the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna joined forces with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, who created with the Permanent Mission of Gabon in Geneva this awareness-raising project to make visible the role of contemporary as well as historical female leaders from all across the world - women who contributed to the advancement of multilateralism and the ideals of the UN, from human rights to development, and to peace and security.

The exhibition features women who work or have worked in a variety of fields: from female politicians, to peace negotiators and grass-root activists, from sustainable development, to human rights and climate change – the idea of this exhibition is not to be exhaustive but to showcase a small part of inspiring women across all continents that are or were committed to the idea of a better world for all.

On International Women's Day the exhibition video will be shown in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, where the Headquarters are of the UN Organisations in Vienna, the IAEA and CTBTO.

The exhibition will also be projected on the Geneva’s well-known ‘Mur des Réformateurs’ from 8-10 March from 6 pm to midnight.  Though the wall was built to display the influence of Calvinism in the world, it is also often seen as a symbol of a patriarchal society. Ambassador Lotte Knudsen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva says: “Women have made, and are making every day, a remarkable contribution to multilateralism and the values that the UN stands for: human rights, development, peace and security. They are doing this in many different ways: as politicians, heads of international organisations, as advocates, humanitarians, artists, scientists and grassroots activists. They touch millions of lives and change the course of countries. This impressive contribution deserves to be made visible. The exhibition just showcases a small extract of all these dedicated women across the world, who stand up for their values.”

More details about the exhibition:www.women4multilateralism.org