United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) offices around the world have celebrated International Women’s Day 2018 (IWD18). The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was “Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. With International Gender Champion, Director General LI Yong at the helm, advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are at the core of UNIDO’s mandate on inclusive and sustainable industrial development;
“We have made great strides in enabling women’s equal participation in the social, economic and political spheres in recent decades. However, gender inequalities still prevail and, if not addressed, will undermine efforts to transform our world by way of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We work with teachers who are imparting knowledge and teaching skills to young women learning to be engineers and entrepreneurs; with trainers who coach and mentor women starting up their own businesses; and with policymakers formulating and implementing ways to expand opportunities for women in green industry at all levels."