Excellency, Ladies & Gentlemen,

Today, we celebrate the International Women’s Day at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP). The United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as an Official UN International Day for Women’s right and world peace.

This international women’s day commemorates the cultural, political, and socio-economic achievements of women. It also addresses women’s right’s movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive right, and violence and abuse against women.

The theme for the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023 (IWD 2023) is, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” & Campaign theme is “Embrace Equity“,   recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world in Digital world and ICT development who are  playing a very important role to build a more sustainable future for all through digitalization.

According to UN Women, “a persistent gender gap in digital access keeps women from unlocking technologies full potential. Their underrepresentation in STEM education and careers remains a major barrier to their participation in tech design and governance. And the pervasive threat of online gender-based violence—coupled with a lack of legal recourse—too often forces them out of the digital spaces they do occupy.”

The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is supporting women’s and girls’ works and rights in every aspect in the society. CIRDAP works towards gender equality, women’s education, and decent jobs, which helps women’s to be empowered.

CIRDAP has developed a Programme Brochure on “Women, Youth and Rural Development Programme” and under this programme CIRDAP, will organize various activities on Women & Youth. CIRDAP has already organized various webinars on Gender issues in celebration of the International Women’s Day & International Day of Rural Women. In 2022, CIRDAP staff took part in the 8th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries which was held from 21-23 November, 2022, Kochi, India. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made by Women.

On behalf of CIRDAP, I would like to call for immediate global attention to ensure women’s full and effective participation on Digital technology and world and equal opportunities at all levels of political, economic and public life.

CIRDAP is proud to organize a Webinar for celebrating the International Women Day on 9 March 2023 on the topics: “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality: Perspective of Bangladesh” & “Violence against the women in Nepal- current situation, challenges and efforts to minimize it

Thank you for your kind attention.