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2007 Celebrations

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2007 Celebrations

UNESCO’s Constitution states that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.” This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), UNESCO paid tribute to the women around the world who are courageously, and often anonymously, constructing the defences of peace. See the Video of the International Conference and read the final Declaration


Discover three of these women invited to speak at UNESCO. Click to see the video interviews:

Detailed programme of International Women's Day 2007 celebrations at Headquarters, Paris

UNESCO's IWD celebrations away from Headquarters -click here

Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,
on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2007,
English, Français,Español

International Conference, March 8 2007, 3:00pm – Room II
See the Video

This international conference will bring together distinguished women who contribute, through their work, to the promotion of peace around the world. In order to face the most complex crises the world has ever known, and because conflicts have direct consequences on women, it is fundamental that women participate fully and equally in the prevention of conflicts, in peace building processes and in the consolidation of peace.

Panellists will include Swanee Hunt (video interview in ENGLISH only), former US Ambassador to Austria and founder of the Initiative for Inclusive Security; Senator Mobina Jaffer of British Columbia/Canada, former Special Envoy for Canada to the Peace Process in Sudan; Sylvie Kinigi (video interview in FRENCH only), Senior Political Advisor on Democracy and Good Governance and Coordinator of Programme Activities, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Burundi; Luz Mendez (video interview in SPANISH only), President of the Advisory Council to the National Union of Guatemalan Women; and Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, member of the Swiss Parliament and the Council of Europe and founder of the organization 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe. Read more

For more information on the United Nation's celebrations for International Women's Day, March 8 2007,
click here.

The day will also be marked by the launch of two international networks.

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