International Women’s Day 2017: let’s work for a Planet 50-50 by 2030

However, in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.


The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. On one hand, technological advances and globalization bring unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them. On the other hand, there is growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises.

That is why Club de Madrid joins itself today to the UN Women efforts and those of many organizations and indivuals who are working day after day advance women empowerment and, therefore, a better, fairer and more democratic world.

“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science”, says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. We can not agree more.

See below UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka statement on the occasion of Women’s International Day