International Day of Women, 8 March 2023
The International Council of Women applauds UN Women for choosing the theme : “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, to mark International Women’s Day 2023 in order to highlight the importance of inclusive and transformative technology and digital education for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the current Digital Age.
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2022
The International Council of Women (ICW-CIF)
66th Commission on the Status of Women, 14-25 March 2022
“Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of
climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”
The International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) firmly believes that the attainment of gender equality and the empowerment of all women
and girls are indispensable keys to facilitating progress toward sustainable global development.
International Women Day, 8 March 2022
We at the International Council of Women recognize the supreme challenge of the times. Our hearts go out to those of you who have lost loved ones, those of you who have felt economic decline, those of you who have been denied a good education, those of you who have lost security and safety, those of you who have felt deterioration of equal rights and all the other despicable baggage that has come along with this pandemic and the increase in climate disasters, gender- based violence and armed conflicts around the globe. We feel with you, but don’t let this defeat you. Rather than despair, we believe it is time to redouble our efforts to help build a just, peaceful and sustainable future. It is time to dig deep to help create what we know to be a better world.
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021
This year, the UN theme of The International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for a sustainable and equitable world”, aiming at bringing nations and organizations all over the world to act as “activists” in doing their utmost to work towards reaching this noble goal.
ICW-CIF’s message for this International Day of Peace is — The ICW-CIF stands for them, from each and every corner of the globe, while being apprehensive about a possible rollback of women’s achievements in that country, after so many years of struggle to access their fundamental rights to education, economic independence and self-determination.
65th Commission on the Status of Women, March 2021
The International Council of Women firmly believes that it is promotion of women to seats, at all levels of decision-making bodies, which facilitates progress toward sustainable development and social justice. The Council also holds the view that bringing an end to all forms of violence against women and girls is a fundamental key to ensure that women and girls will be able to reach their full potential in dignity and equality.
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020
Our approach is one of inclusiveness and empowerment. Clearly, peace can only grow, and stand the test of time, if it has deep roots in our societies. For that, women are needed more than ever, because each woman herself can be a fundamental agent of change regardless of her societal status. This element of inclusion is essential for shaping values of peace and tolerance and is a key component in preventing violence and conflict. It is also extremely important in the struggle against the unprecedented global health crisis we are facing now, a crisis which has made vulnerable people even more vulnerable and weaker… and which has unfortunately contributed to increased violence, racism and hate.
64th Commission on the Status of Women, March 2020
The International Council of Women commends the United Nations and its Member States for their efforts in undertaking national and regional reviews of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as assessing how further progress can be made for the achievement of gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment and the global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
International Women Day, 8 March 2020
The International Council of Women (ICW-CIF), an international women’s organization, fully endorses the UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.” Although undeniable progress has been made since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted a quarter of a century ago, we remain a long way from fully realizing the progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls which governments committed to in 1995
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2019
From its inception, the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) has held a very strong regard for nature and the environment. During the Disarmament Decade in the 1970s, ICW-CIF incorporated ecological concerns in its debate for peace and the control of nuclear energy. The 2019 International Day of Peace theme, “Climate Action for Peace”, draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as one way to contribute to the promotion of international peace and security throughout the world.
63rd Commission on the Status of Women, 11-23 March 2019
The International Council of Women welcomes the focus of the Sixty-third United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It is important to consider the contribution social protection can make in improving access to public services and to the creation and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure. It is also important to recognize the positive impact of gender equality, of the empowerment of women and girls and of sustainable development throughout the world. Furthermore, optimal design and equal access are critical to the role of social protection as an economic and social stabilizer, in light of significant economic disruptions stemming from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
International Women Day, 8 March 2019
ICW-CIF firmly believes in the vital role of education for women and girls to develop the skills and capacities necessary to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality and to fully participate in producing innovative ideas to build a sustainable and more peaceful world without the threat of violence against women.
As the International Women’s Day theme 2019 states, people need to “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” and seek new ways to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, especially in terms of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.