New Executive Director of UN Women visits Washington ahead of International Women’s Day
The rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, gender-responsive pandemic recovery, and women’s economic empowerment were key themes of UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous’ visit to Washington (28 February to 1 March) in advance of International Women’s Day.
Bahous held meetings with leaders on Capitol Hill, including Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) and Lois Frankel (D-Florida). She also met with World Bank President David Malpass and MariElka Pangestu, a managing director at the World Bank, and held other meetings in Washington, DC.
Executive Director Bahous’ visit emphasized UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Women’s Day. On March 8, he said in a video message, “We celebrate women and girls everywhere. We celebrate their contributions to ending the COVID-19 pandemic; their ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our world for the better.”
This year’s theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” recognizes the contribution of women and girls around the world, and specifically those leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.