International Women's Day
UN Women Arab States office launches Arabic version of the UN Women “One Woman” song
13 March 2014
Cairo, Egypt —
Cross-posted from UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment
On Saturday 8 March 2014, UN Women hosted an event at the Cairo Opera House to celebrate 2014 International Women's Day and the opening of its Arab States and North Africa regional office. The event brought together leaders from the League of Arab States (LAS), the Egyptian Government, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), gender advocates, policymakers, donors, civil society organizations, UN Women partners and media.
As part of this commemoration, UN Women Arab States office unveiled to the public the Arabic version of the UN Women “One Woman” song [launched in English on 8 March 2013]. Arab singers from all over the Arab region came to Cairo to perform the song live and stress its underlying message that “Arab women are united wherever they are, and men will be there to support women’s aspirations”.
Under the theme “Innovation for change: to shine together one day” the event celebrated the courage and determination of Arab women who played an extraordinary role in the Arab Spring. It was also an opportunity to reflect on progress made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.
The event called on leaders to further support the empowerment of women and girls in the Arab world. Arab women still face marginalization in most Arab countries, they are under-represented in politics, victims of violence, and are one of the most affected groups during conflicts, stressed Sameera Al-Tuwaijri, UN Women Regional Director for Arab States.
The celebration also included the announcement of the Cairo Declaration, the outcome document of the high-level meeting convened by UN Women in February in cooperation with the LAS, UN Women and the Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) - a strong statement of support for women and girls in the post-2015 development agenda.
The commemoration also included film screening of the documentary movie “The Box” which depicts the journey of three female candidates to the Egyptian parliament in 2011.