International Women’s Day 2022

Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while making a worldwide call to action to strengthen efforts for supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The United Nations theme for the observance of IWD 2022 is "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. This theme recognizes the crucial contribution around the world of women and girls in climate adaptation and mitigation and resilience building. It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women "Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”.

Empowering women and youth to ensure their full participation in climate change adaptation decisions and frameworks is crucial for achieving a more sustainable and equitable world. Women and girls are still too often underrepresented in important decision-making processes regarding climate change solutions. A sustainable future requires women to have equitable access to productive resources and services and a meaningful participation in governments, parliaments and other important decision-making bodies, and good representation in institutions and organizations. This year’s International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to demonstrate the potential and achievements of women and girls as agents of change and resilience builders, while at the same time making a call to action to increase the participation of women in leadership roles in planning climate actions and solutions.

The Rome-based Agencies will pay a tribute to women leaders, young and old, from different socio-economic backgrounds and Indigenous groups, highlighting their achievements while calling on policy and decision-makers to assure that their voices are adequately heard in climate change negotiations and planning.


Success Stories


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Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow


Worldwide Events

Monday 7 March 11:0013:00 CET

FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Agrifood systems facing climate change in the MENA region: gender equality for better resilience


Tuesday 8 March 5:30 CET

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (STREIT PNG) programme in PNG


Tuesday 8 March 8:30–10:00 CET

Research and Extension Systems

Women in Research and Extension; Advancing Gender Equality in Innovation in Asia-Pacific


Tuesday 8 March 11:00–12:30 CET

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Women and a Changing Tide: How to Break the Bias - Perspective from African small-scale fisheries


Tuesday 8 March 11:00–13:00 CET

FAO Senegal

FAO shares adaptation strategies to boost women’s resilience to climate change

Tuesday 8 March 12:00–13:30 CET

FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

Women leading change and breaking biases


Wednesday 9 March 11:0012:30 CET

FAO Regional Office for Africa

Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow: celebrating the contribution of Africa’s peasant and indigenous women to sustainable food systems

Friday 11 March 14:00–15:30 CET

WFP event - Men Stand for Gender Equality:
Ubuntu - Engaging men on gender equality