25/03/19: UN International Women’s Day

International Women's Day UN

#BalanceforBetter – UN Theme for 2019

6 pm to 8 pm Monday, 25th March 2019

House of Lords Committee Room 4A

Kindly hosted by Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece OBE

Speakers include:

Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece

Baroness Anne Jenkin: Women2Win (tbc)

Gill Barham: Author, Broadcaster and Balancing Life Specialist

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK would like to invite you to our annual commemoration of the United Nations International Women’s Day highlighting the UN 2019 campaign #BalanceforBetter as the theme.

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balance in key areas etc. the boardroom, government, media coverage, employees, wealth, sports coverage and so on. Therefore, gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. Everyone has a part to play: all the time and everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

With women and men joining forces, each one of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies all over the world.

Since Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, despite having there been achievements, serious gaps still remain in gender parity. There is a call for action to address the issues of gender PARITY, the call to make it happen.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #BalanceforBetter. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Imagine a world where a female, no matter her age, can participate in politics, receive an education, have her own income, and dress and speak with no fear of discrimination or violence. Imagine a world of equality and acceptance. The greatest achievements, accomplishments, studies, movements, amongst others all began with the start of an idea. It was the dedication and free will of the individual and/or groups to spread their ideas that make it into reality. They made it happen. Collectively we can all play a part.

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

Universal Peace Federation honours International Women’s Day by holding an annual event to address the inclusion and equality of females in the modern world. UPF is led by a woman, Dr Hak Ja Han Moon. Topics that have been covered in the past include increasing the number of women in the boardroom, highlighting women’s political and economic participation and a discussion of UN Resolution 1325 mandating equal numbers of men and women in peacemaking activities. This is the opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate, honour, and take action.

Kindly RSVP to reserve your space. Places are limited. We are looking forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a very meaningful event.


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