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2010 International Women's Day

8 March 2010 - This year’s International Women’s Day event was celebrated in the region under the theme: “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.  Women Speak Up: Voices from the Informal Sector”.  To mark this occasion, the EAP UNGEI issued a joint statement urging the renewed commitment to uphold education as an inalienable human right.   This has special significance for girls and women – particularly those working in the informal sector - where opportunities and access to education is limited and often times scarce.    

The EAP UNGEI actively contributed and participated in the regional International Women’s Day events.  On 8 March a ceremony was held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.  The one-hour programme included a video message of the Secretary-General, youth performance by the Patravadi Theatre and films on empowerment of women and girls.     

On 25 March, a special commemorative session was also held at UNCC consisting of a panel discussion and exhibition.  This event had the honour of welcoming the keynote address speaker, H.E. Dr Saisuree Chutikul, former Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Royal Thai Government, and current Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.  A panel discussion was also held entitled “Women speak up: Voices of the informal sector”.

 

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