Pathways to an equal future: Women inspiring change

When: March 8 2021

Where: Geneva, Switzerland


Despite the increased awareness about women’s rights in many countries and significant progress made in recent decades, a number of old and new obstacles remain on women’s path to equality and justice.

Women are still over-represented in lower-paid jobs or get lower salaries than men for equal jobs.

They often remain sidelined in political and economic decision-making. Many are not free with regard to their own bodies, yet others suffer abuses of their physical and moral integrity and harassment in their everyday life. This is irreconcilable with human rights and a vision of equality and dignity for all.

The global pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges that women face.

“Limited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over the decades are in danger of being rolled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue will hold a virtual event to celebrate the commitment, the courage and the determination of millions of ordinary women and men who do extraordinary things in order to promote a society based on gender equality and respect for women’s rights, who #ChooseToChallenge stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions.

Beyond this, the event aims to honour women who are the true architects of society, to promote their empowerment for them to play a crucial role in shaping the world and in building a better future for all.

Mark this annual celebration in the company of inspiring speakers from all walks of life across the globe.

Learn about their experiences, celebrate their achievements and share yours! Have the opportunity to ask our panellists questions at the end or engage in networking during or after the event.

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