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International Women's Day 2013

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The World Bank Group promotes gender equality and women's empowerment year-round. This year, we commemorate International Women's Day with a series of events in the weeks surrounding March 8, held online, across our regions and networks, at the International Finance Corporation, and at external venues such as the United Nations' 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, where World Bank Managing Director Caroline Anstey gave remarks. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of women worldwide online or at these events, read more about the World Bank's Gender Strategy, and follow our progress in mainstreaming gender in World Bank operations.


  • Gender by Region: Africa | East Asia & Pacific | Europe & Central Asia | Latin America & Caribbean
    Middle East & North Africa | South Asia
  • e-Course: Gender Equality and Development
  • Gender Equality Data and Statistics

  • Timeline: Toward Gender Equality
  • Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Women in Business
  • Podcast: Fighting Poverty with Charcoal
  • On YouTube: Gender Equality Playlist
  • On Scribd: Gender Resources Collection
  • On Flickr: Images of Gender Equality

  • Live Chat: What Drives Empowerment?
  • Contest: What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in South Asia?
  • On Blogs
  • On Facebook
  • On Twitter

    Date Event Time Location Contact
    March 5 Book Launch:
    On Norms and Agency: Conversations About Gender Equality With Women and Men in 20 Countries
    10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EST Rockefeller Foundation
    New York, N.Y.
    Kamila Kasprzycka
    March 7 Launch: Africa Gender Action Plan and Gender Innovation Lab10-11:30 a.m. ESTOnlineKatherine Manchester
    2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women 12:30 p.m. EST UN Delegates
    Dining Room
    New York, N.Y.
    Karyn Margolis
    March 8 International Women's Day Facebook chat: Improving Women's Employability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Arabic: 9-9:45 a.m. EST
    English: 10:15-11 a.m. EST
    French: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST
    Online Lara Saade
    World Bank Live Chat: What Drives Empowerment? 9:30-10:30 a.m. EST Online Stacy Morford
    March 11 IFC CEO Gender Award 9-10:00 a.m. EST IFC Auditorium
    Washington, D.C.
    Nasim Novin
    Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): What Is the Price of Violence Against Women and Girls? Capturing Costs and Consequences 3-4:15 p.m. EST United Nations
    Conference Room B
    New York, N.Y.
    Gustavo Bono
    Launch: World Bank Institute e-Learning Course on Gender Equality and Development N/A Online Waafas A Ofosu-Amaah
    March 12 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): World Bank Consultation on Women's Agency and Voice 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST United Nations
    Conference Room B
    New York, N.Y.
    Gustavo Bono
    March 27Gender and Climate Change: Women's Empowerment as the Key Ingredient to Climate Resilience12:15-2 p.m. ESTWorld Bank
    Umou S. Al-Bazzaz

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