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International Women’s Day 2021 – Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world
08 March 2021

International Women's Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also making a call to action for strengthening gender equality and accelerating women’s empowerment.

The theme this year is Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. It celebrates the remarkable efforts by women and girls around the globe to shape a more equitable future and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAO, IFAD and WFP are organizing two events:

  • Dialogue on women’s leadership within international organizations, with special attention on the institutional challenges faced by women to reach senior management positions – WATCH WEBCAST
  • Dialogue on women’s leadership in a COVID-19 world for a better future – WATCH WEBCAST



Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19, say UN food agency heads ahead of International Women’s Day

March 2021 - NEWS
Hunger and famine will persist and there will be unequal recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic unless more women in rural and urban areas hold leadership positions with increased decision-making power.

The power of options

March 2021 - STORY
Like other women on Santiago, the largest island of Cabo Verde, Maria Lizita Varela used to rely on sand extraction as a source of income. It was thankless, dangerous work.

Big dreams come true in Turkey’s smallest district

March 2021 - STORY

Meltem Gözel’s day begins at 07.00 each morning. Before the sun has risen, she’s already at work in her greenhouses, tending to her mushrooms. 

Promoting women’s economic empowerment in West and Central Africa

March 2021 - BLOG
The impacts of COVID-19: women and girls are more vulnerable to the negative health and socio-economic effects of the crisis.

Upholding cultural traditions in Tonga

March 2021 - PHOTO
An old Tongan proverb says that a successful village lives together, works together, and helps one another. This is especially true for handicrafts, an integral part of traditional Tongan culture.