|Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty Message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012|
Today, on International Women’s Day, UNFPA renews its commitment to gender equality and human rights and dignity.
UNFPA works with governments and other development partners to empower rural women and ensure that they can claim their right to sexual and reproductive health. With our partners, we strive to strengthen healthcare systems and develop new ways to inform women and girls about their rights, especially about access to family planning. These efforts save lives and advance human development.
On the International Women’s Day, I call on all stakeholders to join our efforts in promoting women’s health, education and rights. Together, we can improve gender equality and build a world of opportunity where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person can fulfill their potential.