Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

International Women's Day: 100th anniversary

8 March 2011 marks the 100th celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) -- a day to celebrate women's economic, political and social achievements and an opportunity to call for gender equality and women's empowerment. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate how women have contributed to health improvements, and a time to recognize how progress towards gender equality, along with medical and technological advances, has improved women's health.

Visitors to WHO's web site and FaceBook page are currently invited to suggest what they think are the greatest advances in and contributions to women's health over the past century, as well as which issues need urgent attention to improve the health of women and girls in future. The submissions received will be used to develop a photo essay on advances in women's health that will be featured on the WHO home page and at an exhibition at WHO Headquarters on 8 March, which will be opened by the Director-General.

In addition, on Friday 25 February, the UN Adolescent Girls Task Force (of which WHO is a key member) held a special event on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York to encourage investment in adolescent girls and promote their rights. Participants included UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Saad Houry, and Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations in New York, Werner Obermeyer.

Submit your ideas on which issues to highlight in the photo essay on International Women's Day:

More information on the “Invest in the Future: Empower Adolescent Girls Now” event