International Women’s Day 2015


Make It Happen: Empowering Women from the Mountains

Each year the International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March to mark women’s achievements throughout history and across nations ICIMOD too celebrates IWD annually to honour, highlight, and promote the role of women in sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.

This year's IWD highlights include

  1. In-house celebration at the ICIMOD headquarters
  2. ICIMOD’s Annual Gender Innovation Award ceremony
  3. Message from the Director General
  4. Feature article, “Before the floods”  by Mandira Singh Shrestha and Min Bahadur Gurung, Kathmandu Post, 8 March
  5. Feature article, “The Unresolved Equation” by Anita Karki and Suman Bisht
  6. Special television programmes on Mountain Television; 

    • LIVE interview with Director General, Dr David Molden on the theme, "Make It Happen: Empowering Women of the Mountains," 8:00 am – 8:30 am; Live stream
    • LIVE talk show with Dr Mandira Singh Shrestha, Programme Coordinator of HYCOS Initiative, on Gender and Disasters, 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Live stream
    • A video documentary featuring ICIMOD's  celebrations of International Women’s Day,  5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

  7. Regional Programme - IWD Celebration in Pakistan Country Office 

Message from the Director General

Each year on 8 March, organizations and individuals around the globe come together to honour women’s struggle for social and economic equality and celebrate their tremendous contribution to society. At ICIMOD, this is an important opportunity to not only acknowledge the valuable contributions of women staff at ICIMOD, but also share and promote practices that the Centre has adopted for supporting women's rights and gender equality in the region. In the mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayas, women, have a unique relationship with their environment. As household managers, they play a critical role in sustaining and managing important environmental resources, with a rich bank of distinctive skills and knowledge. However, they are often more vulnerable and disproportionately affected by the environmental consequences of climate change and natural resource degradation.


Tentative Programme

Time Description
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome of women staff member with Khada
09:15 - 09:20 Inauguration of 'SharingBoard' by Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD
12:15 - 12:15 Group Photograph
12:15 - 12:20 Inaugurations of stalls by women’s group by Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD
12:20 - 13:40 IWD celebration Lunch and stall visit
Presentation on MAKING IT HAPPEN: Empowering Women from the Mountains - Innovations, lessons and best practices in social, political, economic and technological fields
13:45 - 14:00 Welcome address by Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD
14:00 - 14:10 Opening remarks by Lynn Bennett, Visiting Senior Social Scientist, ICIMOD
14:10 - 14:30 Speaker 1: Dr Neelam Grewal, Director, Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Orissa, India. Presentation title: - 'Drudgery reducing technologies for women in agriculture'
14:30 - 15:00 Speaker 2: Nanu Ghatane (Kavre) and Shova Karki (Sindhuli), Women community leaders, Nepal Presentation: - from being ‘women’ leaders to researchers in the community – bringing change to decision making processes.
15:00 - 15:20 Speaker 3: Bhaskar S. Karky, Program Coordinator REDD+, ICIMOD
15:20 - 15:30 Closing remarks by Lynn Bennett
15:30 - 15:50 Announcement of Scholarship for education support to girls
15:50 - 16:10 Making it happen in ICIMOD – Stock taking of women participants in ICIMOD events. Short presentation by GReAT Team
16:10 - 16:40 ICIMOD’s Annual Gender Innovation Award ceremony
16:40 - 17:00 Tea/Coffee and snacks