Happy International Women's Day 2014! United Nations support for the rights of women began with the international framework declared in the UN Charter. Among the purposes of the UN declared in Article 1 of the Charter is "To achieve international co-operation... in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion." Women's rights are human rights and gender equality is an issue of universal concern.
In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946. Radio is the most prevalent mass medium, with the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world's population. United Nations officials have marked World Radio Day by calling for harnessing the enduring power of this vital medium to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and to amplify the voice of women over the air waves.