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Quick Guide to International Women’s Day: Live Chat, Data, a Contest, Videos and More

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International Women’s Day 2013 comes at a time of heightened concerns globally about women’s safety in society—hence the day’s  theme: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”  World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim addresses the issue in a Huffington Post blog, and invites feedback from the public on ways to accelerate progress for women and girls.  You can ask questions and weigh in on the factors driving women’s empowerment in a live chat March 6 in English, French, and Spanish with Sustainable Development Vice President Rachel Kyte, and World Bank gender experts.  Find a complete list of World Bank International Women’s Day 2013 resources.


March 6 Live Chat: What Drives Empowerment?
11 a.m. EST (DC time), 16:00 GMT (Convert Time)

Post questions ahead of the chat for Sustainable Development Vice President Rachel Kyte, Gender and Development Director Jeni Klugman and other experts. Follow on Twitter with hashtag #WBLive.

Contest: What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in South Asia?

Youth, ages 18-25, living in South Asia, can enter by texting their best ideas in response to the question "What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Your Country?" Deadline is March 15.


Jim Yong Kim’s blog: Three Global Priorities for Women and Girls

“What can we do to accelerate progress? Ahead of next week's International Women's Day, here are three priorities to consider for a global agenda…”

Are Gender Norms Changing? 4,000 Women and Men in 20 Countries Weigh In

“Focus groups from nearly 100 communities around the world describe the influence of gender norms in their lives and how those norms are relaxing to allow for more inclusive development.”

Gender Equality Data and Statistics

“This gender data portal is a one-stop shop for gender information, catering to a wide range of users and providing data from a variety of sources.”


Gender Equality Playlist on You Tube

World Bank videos on gender equality and empowerment.

Clean Energy Strengthens Senegal's women

“A clean energy project in Senegal provides more power to thousands of homes...Villagers, especially women, are earning incomes thru the project they say also gives them a new position in society.”


Donna Barne

Corporate Writer, World Bank

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