International Women's Day 2013

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The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum 

Strengthening Past Achievements, Building Gender Transformative Futures 

International Women’s Day, an observed United Nations day celebrated around the globe, highlights the unique accomplishments of women, and the important struggles that connect them. Every year, thousands of events are held throughout the world to allow much needed space and time to reflect on innovations and challenges, as well as to inspire women and men towards truly positive gender transformative change.

Following from the heels of the highly regarded international conference Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World, this year ICIMOD celebrates they day with a special sub-theme of Strengthening Past Achievements, Building Gender Transformative Futures in the context of Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Management in Mountains. 

Message from the Director General

Every year on 8 March, ICIMOD looks forward to joining millions of women, men, and organizations from around the globe in observing International Women’s day. For ICIMOD, this important day is significant, as it gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on emerging gender issues, opportunities for positive change, as well as new ways of tackling gender challenges in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. It is also a much-anticipated occasion to actively celebrate women’s knowledge, valuable work and agency within ICIMOD and the region. The positive atmosphere is palpable throughout ICIMOD, as professional women and men from all disciplines and work areas gather together to add our collective voices to the mass celebrations that stretch across mountains, oceans and continents. 

Programme highlights

  1. In-house celebration at the ICIMOD headquarters
  2. Message from the Director General, ICIMOD
  3. Newspaper article in a national daily: Voices of the unheard by Dr Manohara Khadka, Gender Specialist and Muhammad Ismail, Rangeland Specialist
  4. Regional Programme in Pakistan - 2nd National Women at Work Festival 6-10 March 2013 in coordination with ICIMOD Country Office, Pakistan
Time Description
09:00  Welcome and honour all women colleagues of the Centre
12:00  Women's Power Lunch and IWD Group Photo
13:00 Welcoming remarks by Dr Ritu Verma, Lead, Gender Strategic Institutional Area
13:15  International Women’s Day Keynote Address by Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD

Launch of Study Gender and Pastoralism in Rangelands of the Hindu Kush Himalayas: From Margins to New Heights

Launch of Call for Papers for Mountain Research and Development Focus Issue on Gender and Sustainable Development in Mountains: Innovative Transformations, Tenacious Resistances (Vol.34, No.3)

13.45 Gender Panel Strengthening Past Achievements, Building Gender Transformative Futures for Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Chime P. Wangdi (Bhutan, Tarayana Foundation)
  • Aditi Kapoor (Alternative Futures, India)
  • Dibya Gurung (WOCAN, Nepal)
  • Dr Lynn Bennett (ICIMOD, International)
  • Dr Ritu Verma (ICIMOD, Panel chair)
15:00 Interaction session with panel members
15:30 Voices from the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Grassroots Women Gaining New Heights (Shova Sharma and Nanu Ghatane ASTHA, Nepal)
16:00 Cake cutting ceremony with coffee/tea/snacks by GReaT men
16:30 ICIMOD’s Annual Gender Champions Award ceremony
16:45 Special Closing with IWD time capsule messages by GReaT men
Facilitators: Miriam Lindwer and Anja Moller Rasmussen
International Women's Day 2013

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Every Effort, Every Feeling, Every Moment of Happiness is Incomplete without YOU, Only You can Complete this World and our Mission.
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