At Rio+20 UN Women events to showcase women’s central role in building a sustainable future

Date: Friday, June 15, 2012

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UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will call for robust policies and strong commitments to remove discriminatory barriers and ensure women's central role in sustainable development at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Highlighting that gender equality is fundamental to a sustainable future, UN Women events during the Conference will amplify women's voices and showcase innovative strategies that are making a difference in communities across the world.

On 19th June at The Future Women Want: Leaders' Forum on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development, hundreds of representatives from government, UN heads of agencies, civil society and the private sector will make their voices heard at a full-day forum organized by UN Women in collaboration with the Government of Brazil and other partners. Ms. Bachelet will deliver opening and closing remarks.

On 21st June at the Women Leaders Summit, hosted by UN Women in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, women Heads of State and Government will issue a strong Call to Action pledging their support and urging governments, civil society and the private sector to prioritize gender equality and women's empowerment and accelerate action. UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, who is convening the Summit with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, will deliver opening remarks and make the case that a world in balance requires women's full and equal participation in decision-making.

Both UN Women events will be webcast live at

Virtual participation will bring voices of those who cannot attend into Riocentro. Social media will be used to engage civil society networks, women's groups, and the public at large extensively. At the Women's Leaders Forum, social media will enable interactive sessions with questions coming from online users. Questions related to gender equality and sustainable development can be submitted leading up to the Forum and during the panels through the hashtag #WomenRio. Social media will also be used to disseminate daily information on UN Women's messages, events and priorities on sustainable development. UN Women will be tweeting from @UN_Women in English, @ONUFemmes in French and @ONUMujeres in Spanish and Portuguese. A summary of the #AskUNWomen Twitter chat which took place in the lead up to Rio+20 is available here.

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