2018•03•19 Kuala Lumpur
International Women’s Day marks a historically significant opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Observed and celebrated around the world, this day serves as a platform for renewing commitments and efforts in addressing gender equality. To commemorate this important day, the United Nations Country Team in Malaysia — through its Gender Theme Group, the European Commission, and the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) — organised a forum on the theme, “Towards Women’s Health and Rights: Leaving No One Behind”.
This event brought together a crowd of 140 distinguished individuals across different stakeholder groups to discuss about women’s health and rights, as well as the importance of gender equality in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Following the remarks by Mr Stefan Priesner (UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam), Her Excellency Maria-Castillo Fernandez (Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia), and Professor Pascale Allotey (Director of UNU-IIGH), a panel discussion took place, which conveyed powerful messages for the empowerment of girls and women in health, protection of their rights, and the legal frameworks that exist to enable these rights.
For more information on the forum, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.