International Women’s Day

8 March 2019


In Nepal, 22% of women have ever experienced physical violence since age 15 and 26% of ever-married women have experienced spousal violence, according to NDHS 2016.

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 “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

In Nepal, UNFPA is working with the federal, provincial and municipal governments, UN sister agencies, development partners, civil society, faith-based organizations, women's groups, and young people to expand 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 national level. 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.

Every day, women and girls are driving change and progress around the world. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for all of us to take stock, celebrate their accomplishments and to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities for future generations of women.