Special Session on the theme of International Women’s Day: “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”

Special Session on the theme of International Women’s Day

Special Session on the theme of International Women’s Day: “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”

A Special Session was jointly organized by regional agencies of the UN system based in Bangkok on 25 March 2010 to further discuss “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”, the global theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2010. The commemorative day which is celebrated every year around the world on 8 March emerged from women activist movements at the turn of the twentieth century.

Within the context of the global theme, the Special Session focused on “Women Speak Up: Voices from the Informal Sector”. This theme was chosen to focus on the unheard voices of the women in the informal sector, shedding light on existing problems they face while at the same time portraying how women in the informal sector have organized themselves to claim their rights. The discussions reaffirmed the need to ensure that the value of women in the informal sector is recognized and highlighted the linkages with migration, HIV/AIDS, disabilities, violence against women and women’s leadership.

The session brought together experts from the region, including Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, to share experiences and highlight key challenges faced by women in the informal sector. A powerful testimony was presented by a migrant from Myanmar working in Thailand as a domestic worker who described the obstacles she encounters in her everyday life.

photo of the Exhibition

 
The OHCHR and GAATW exhibit.

The OHCHR and GAATW exhibit.

UN agencies and NGOs also presented materials and information in the event exhibit.

UN agencies and NGOs also presented materials and information in the event exhibit.

The opening session.

The opening session.

Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, keynote speaker at the special session.

Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, keynote speaker at the special session.