International Women’s Day 2018 – Observance at UN headquarters

“TIME IS NOW: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” – The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day, was held on 8 March 2018 in the General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York.
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Event type: Special days or anniversaries

Start date: 8 March 2018 | Start time: 10:00 UTC-05:00
End date: 8 March 2018 | End time: 12:30 UTC-05:00

Location: United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly Hall. Enter through the Visitors’ Entrance, 1st Ave and 46th St, New York, NY, 10017, USA

Event description

TIME IS NOW: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives

The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day was held on 8 March 2018 in the General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York.

For full coverage of the event, please see “Press release: Commemoration of International Women’s Day amidst unprecedented global movement for women’s rights”.

Watch the archived webcast

Moderated by Sade Baderinwa, WABC News.

Opening session: 10–10.30 a.m.

  • Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly
  • Hon. Ms. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
  • H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • Ms. Monica Ramirez, Co-Founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (Key-note)
  • Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

Fireside chat: 10.30–11.15 a.m.

  • Ms.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
  • Ms. Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actor and activist
  • Ms. Danai Gurira, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and activist

Panel discussion: 11.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

  • Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Ms. Karen Yelick, CEO Indego Africa
  • Ms. Marai Larasi, Executive Director, Imkaan
  • Ms. Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research and Data, UN Women
  • Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham (video message)

The event also featured musical performances by Drew Olivia Tillman and Broadway Singers.

Save the date: International Women’s Day 2018

Sponsored by: UN Women Headquarters