Celebrating International Women's Day


‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’

International Women's Day is celebrated throughout the globe on 8 March every year. Celebrating Women's Day is an opportunity to appreciate the remarkable contribution of women to our society. This day is a day to honour the life, grit and determination of women. The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’. The United Nations observance will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

As in the past years, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will be celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March 2016.  Given below is a tentative list of activities being undertaken in-house in celebration of the day.


Pledging for Parity: Towards Gender Equality in the Mountains

  1. Message from the Director General
  2. Talk programme on the theme ‘Gender Equality’
  3. Feature article for regional media uptake: New economic opportunities: Women's entrepreneurship in the HKH by Dr Kamala Gurung and Dr Pranita Bhushan Udas
  4. Feature article in a local daily: Where are the women? by Tinusha Ghimire
  5. Presentation of data on women’s participation in ICIMOD workshops, etc. 
  6. HR presentation on staff data on women and men
  7. Presentation of Gender Innovations Award
  8. Scholarships: Presentation of scholarships to 9 girls of the government school 
  9. Stalls:  Women's group and entrepreneurs will be invited to set up the stalls.
  10. Expression Board: A board will be put up in the lobby for men and women to share their thoughts on gender equality. 
  11. Video clip: A short video clip showing women and men of ICIMOD saying what gender equality means to each of them
Time Description
09:00 - 09:15  Welcome of women staff member with Khada
09:15 - 09:20  Inauguration of ’Sharing/Message Board’ by DG
12:00 - 12:15 Group Photograph
12:15 - 12:20  Inaugurations of stalls by women’s group by DG
12:20 - 13:40 IWD celebration Lunch and stall visit
13:45 - 16:30

Formal program on:
Pledging for Parity: Towards Gender Equality in the Mountains

13:50 - 14:05 Welcome address by DG
14:05 - 14:20

Guest Speaker: The honorable minister, Ms Marvi Memon, Minister of State & Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Speaking on:

Women’s Equality : Challenges, Achievements and Ways Forward 

14:20 - 14:35

Guest Speaker: Ms Rekha Bhandari, Village Head,  and President Chetna Self Help Group, Jajurali, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India

Sharing experiences on “Meeting challenges and taking opportunities  towards women’s equality”                                                                            

14:35 - 14:55 Announcement of Scholarship for education support to 9 girls from Jan Bikash Higher Secondary School, Lalitpur.
14:55 - 15:25

Taking steps towards gender equality in ICIMOD:

  1. Stock taking of women participants in ICIMOD events: Great Team
  2. Women in ICIMOD: HR presentation of data on men and women staff at ICIMOD    
  3. Some Gender Data of the HKH : Dr MSR Murthy
15:25 - 16:00 ICIMOD’s Annual Gender Innovation Award ceremony
16:00 - 16:30

Tea/Coffee and snacks