Citizens march for gender equality on International Women’s Day

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This year's International Women’s Day theme is "empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!". UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

Thousands of people are marching in New York City on Sunday to mark International Women's Day, in what's being called a "global solidarity movement for gender equality".

This year's theme is "empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!”

Governments and activists across the world are also commemorating a ground-breaking conference of 1995 in Beijing, which is considered a significant turning point in the global agenda for gender equality.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

On the occasion of International Women Day's, the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women, is urging the international community to address the challenges that are holding women and girls from reaching their full potential. 

UN Women says this goal should be achieved within the next 15 years, calling the campaign "Planet 50-50" by 2030.

A march is being organized in New York City starting near United Nations Headquarters.

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Director General of UN Women, said she expects over 8000 civil society participants and several thousand government representatives.

“We want to make a strong statement about the people owning this agenda. This is not being confined to the walls of the United Nations. Us going out to the people and people coming to the United Nations. That's the significance of the march.”

The march will end at New York City's iconic Times Square where participants are expected to collectively urge for renewed commitments to gender equality.

Other marches are also expected to take place in other regions of the world.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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