International Women's Day 2014

Female construction student at suco development project in Liquica. Photo: UN Women/Betsy Davis

Photo: UN Women / Betsy Davis

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Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”. 

This year, International Women's Day was commemorated at UN headquarters in New York on 7 March, on the eve of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, (10-21 March). See invitation.

Participants included: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; and Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board, among other dignitaries. 

The event was webcast live from noon - 1 p.m. EST.:


#HeforShe campaign

UN Women also launched #HeforShe – a new equality branding campaign, in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls. Check it out!

#HeforShe Matt Damon quote

Speeches and messages


Press releases and media

Press release for IWD: High-powered call for women’s full participation in shaping global future

UN Women Arab States office launches Arabic version of the UN Women “One Woman” song

Press release for CSW58: Development in jeopardy as gaps in progress for women and girls persist

Media advisory: UN Women Executive Director to brief press on eve of International Women’s Day and the 58th Commission on the Status of Women

Press briefing: On 6 March, UN Women's Executive Director briefed the press about the International Women’s Day commemoration and CSW58. Read her remarks. An archived version of the webcast is available here.

Join the conversation for #IWD2014!

Find out more about UN System Observances for International Women’s Day 2014 here.

About IWD

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

See our coverage of International Women’s Day 2013

See our coverage of International Women’s Day 2012