March 8 - International Women's Day. Schedule of activities

March 8 - International Women's Day. Schedule of activities

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited its member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace. Since then, under the auspices of the UN, March 8 has become an opportunity to draw the attention of the governments around the world to common women’s problems, such as access to education and science, economic discrimination, women’s political participation, domestic violence, slavery, sexual violence, etc.

In Soviet Ukraine, the original idea of the holiday was distorted, and the emphasis was shifted - March 8 was turned into a holiday of "beauty, love, spring, tenderness, warmth, femininity." After Ukraine gained its independence, Ukrainian women's, educational, and human rights civic organizations declared about their intentions to combat discrimination against women to achieve gender equality in all spheres of life.

 March 8 is not just the International Women's Day, it’s the Day of Women’s Rights and International Peace, when every woman, regardless of age, education, marital status, nationality, religion, place of residence, health status, income or profession, has the opportunity to say aloud that she is an equal, enjoying full rights citizen, a personality, a person with her own interests, needs and rights, which society must respect and value.

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is "Women's Leadership: Approaching an Equal Future in the World in the Time of a Pandemic". It is already clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has become a major challenge the world is facing. It has led to thousands of losses of human lives, imposed significant restrictions on the socio-economic and cultural life of people around the world, and radically changed the global challenges and opportunities of the humankind.

In Ukraine and elsewhere, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised new and exacerbated existing problems in the areas of healthcare, education, social protection, economic development and gender equality.

Every year, the team of the Center for Gender Education at Uzhhorod National University initiates and co-organizes activities on March 8. 2021 will not be an exception. The schedule of this year's activities is very rich and diverse, it includes round tables, discussions, open lectures, excursions, challenges on social networks, All-Ukrainian online marathon "Women's Leadership Time", etc.

 We invite everyone to join our activities.

The schedule of activities is posted at the link