Introducing the new AIESEC Opportunity Portal

Rotterdam, the Netherlands: On Monday 20th of March, AIESEC is releasing the completely refreshed version of our main platform – AIESEC Opportunity Portal. Counting 1.3 million users, the platform provides access to over 80,000 volunteering positions and 6,000 job opportunities in 120 countries and territories. The new version aims to make it even easier for young people to quickly find the most relevant experiences all across the world. The updates will enable a seamless experience across mobile and desktop, a new application flow, and support in 5 languages.

What can you expect?

More intuitive: We simplified all our design and navigation so that there’s a better and faster experience for users on our site. We created new pages to access the information needed on every stage of your experience with us.

More consistent: Find additional information about our products, a simplified flow and a clear connection between your physical and virtual experience with AIESEC. The new version showcases our products and how each of them can provide you a different leadership experience.

What is new?

Smarter content: All text displayed in our opportunities on the portal was carefully thought out to provide you the required information for better decision making. Our opportunities now display clearer job description, specifics for each product, a map with the location of the opportunity and our fee.

Access using your phone: We built this version from scratch and you can now see our opportunities on the go! Apply, review your applications, edit your profile or read more about each of our products using your mobile device.

Constant support: Look for the blue bubble in the right bottom of your browser and we will be ready to support you. Also, we created a help center where you can find most of the answers to your questions.

The new AIESEC Opportunity Portal is rolling out globally to all members today. Make sure you experience it live yourself at

AIESEC and IE partner to enable leadership development for Millennials

Partners Dinner in Belgium

Niels Caszo – President of AIESEC International, Kim Goddard – Director of B2C IE Business School and Anna Otalora – Global Partnership Development Team of AIESEC.

Advocating Sustainable Development Goal #17 Partnerships for the goals, AIESEC has been creating strategic partnerships with organizations and companies to offer more opportunities for Millennials and its development.

That is how AIESEC and IE Business School have been working together for more than 8 years now.

The main purpose of this collaboration is to promote opportunities to develop young leaders with values for the world, so we can find engaging content delivered by both around world trends, webinars for Millennials and opportunities offer.

“IE and AIESEC have been partners now for over 8 years, both aiming to bring out the very best of the future generations.  Both firmly believe in the importance of creating sustainable excellence though celebrating all aspects of diversity and innovation. At IE, we have approximately 4.000 students from 131 countries undertaking degree programs each year. Through educating young talent in a strong values-based environment, we both aim to create entrepreneurial and responsible leaders who will in turn have a positive impact on the world through their decisions. Based on such strongly-aligned values, a partnership with AIESEC is fundamental to IE”.

Kim Goddard

Director of B2C, International Development department

IE Business School

What we have been doing?

  •  Take a look to the last Webinar we delivered together: “Technology Leadership in Times of Disruption”. 

Professor Paris de l’Etraz talked about innovation, disruption, leadership in organizations and gave some extra tips about it.



  •  Thinking about leadership development, IE offers with AIESEC  5 scholarships of 25% discount every year on the following Master programs:
  • Master in Management Master in Finance
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour
  • Master in Architectural Management and Design
  • Master in Design for work retail and learning environments
  • Master in Visual and Digital Media
  • Master in Corporate Communication
  • Master in Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Master in International Relations Global MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Cybersecurity
  • Master in Real Estate Development
  • Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LLM)
  • Master in Global Taxation (LLM)

Apply here for a scholarship & let’s open together the door of your future!

What is coming?

According to Youth Speak, the global millennial insight survey, 3% of the Millennials that answered selected “Housing and Urban Development as the sector that need technology the most. With this context Smart cities is the topic that will connect AIESEC and IE for the next months.

During March of this year, we will invite you to be part of our webinar hosted by the Dean of the Architecture Faculty, Martha Thorne.

Stay tuned with our social media channels to be up to date with the news, content and opportunities we are bringing with IE.

Also, take a look…

If you are considering the next steps in your career, take a look to IE´s Master programs, an offer with online, part-time or even full-time studies. Click here to know more.

No more living on <1.25$ per day

Blogspot writer: Jakub Wolf

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”

These are the words of Paul Farmer, an american anthropologist who has spent many years providing health care in underdeveloped countries.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

As the first goal, SDG 1 aims at eradicating extreme poverty all over the planet, by ensuring that nobody has to live with under 1.25 $ a day. Imagine this being all the money you have per day, or less.

Many areas of the world are affected by poverty, one of which is India, where millions of children have no place to sleep and have to abandon their education and outlook for a brighter future, to go to work so that they can contribute financially to their families and survive another day. Nobody should live like this. Everybody should have the right to a basic standard of living, to be able to get an education and have the chance to pursue whatever dreams they have.

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Last Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance in India released their annual survey of the economy and among other things, one of their plans is to offer a certain amount of welfare to every citizen of India, whether rich or poor, young or old, to ensure that everybody has a certain amount of money and can make their own economic decisions. At the moment this is just an idea, says Mr. Subramanian, the ministry’s chief economic adviser, but will not be implemented immediately.

This week was also the ECOSOC Youth Forum, where Niels Caszo, the Global President of AIESEC, among many participants, was also present. At the closing session, Helen Clark, the administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) spoke about the importance of youth engagement and how the 2030 Agenda cannot be achieved without the support and full participation of young people.

UNDP is committed to supporting young people and their organizations around the world. In my travels, I often meet youth leaders, and, listening to them, I know that the future of their countries will be in very good hands.” - Helen Clark

It is no longer the time where young people are powerless and we cannot do anything about world issues. There are many opportunities for us to help and we have to stand up and raise our voices together to make a change.

As Nelson Mandela said, “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” 

What is your contribution? 

Embracing Diversity

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An estimated 100 billion people have been born since the dawn of time. These people

have had different appearances, come from different countries and territories, have

been brought up with different mindsets and have spoken different languages. They

have eaten different food, have had different lifestyles and have belonged to

different generations.

The only sure trait that every single person has had in common is that they were all

unequivocally unique and different.

This is what we call diversity.


Embracing Diversity

More and more, we see an emphasis on “accepting and embracing diversity” in both

our professional and personal lives. Socially and politically, there is a huge focus on

eliminating discrimination of any kind and equalizing the treatment of every


To some, embracing diversity exists only on a surface level. Tolerating and accepting a

different culture, different lifestyle or a different way of thinking is just that –

tolerance. This is by no means negative, but embracing takes much more effort and

much more understanding, and the benefits are much greater as well.


Let’s take a deep dive

Every person you have ever walked past, spoken to, befriended or ignored – they have

had a lifetime of experiences that shaped them into who they are today.

Instead of generalising, accepting and tolerating a group of people, assess a person

and interact with them on an individual basis. Ignore the labels that are placed on an

individual (nationality, religion, age, gender) and purely look at the experiences that

have shaped him/her. Understand and appreciate how these different experiences

and upbringings add on to their character.

Put yourself in their shoes and make a connection to their experiences. You don’t

have to love every single difference – just understand and appreciate them.

That is embracing diversity.


The Benefits

When we acknowledge these differences, embrace them, and respect them, we can

accomplish what we never thought was possible. We can join ideas together, birthing

from different environments, mindsets and perspectives. We can forge more efficient

teams combining a variety of strengths and experiences. We can be surprised with the

connections we make to a person who is different than us.

Most of all, we appreciate a person so much more after embracing their diversity and

what makes them different – their trials and tribulations. Everyone is different – no

two lives are the same. Sympathize, emphasize and appreciate differences.


Putting it into Action

All it takes to be understanding is to start a conversation.

In the next 2 weeks, more than 800 delegates from over 118 countries and territories

will gather in India at AIESEC’s International Congress 2015. We invite you to join us

virtually through our live stream and enjoy conversing with young people from all

over the world.

Why AIESEC and The United Nations Are Working Together

As young people, we have the incredible opportunity to shape the future and influence a world we want this year. To get there, we must understand what’s already happening that will shape our future. 2015 is an important year. Why? 2015 is a year where the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) will be adopted by the United Nations, governments of the world, and act as a set of commitments that will define the next 15 years of global development.

Youth is a major priority for the United Nations. We need to realize that unless we take it in our hands nothing will change. It is on us to push leaders across governments to businesses to include young people in the decision-making process and to participate in creating a society that meets the needs of young people — 1.8 billion of us.

UN Youth Envoy

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said recently, “My Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, says that young people drive change, but they are not in the driver’s seat. I agree – and I call for giving them the “licence” to steer our future.”

The history behind young people as a priority is guided by the World Program for Action for Youth (WPAY), a landmark agreement that was adopted by the United nations General Assembly in 1995 to provide a policy framework and practical guidelines for national actions and international support to improve the situation of young people worldwide. It covers fifteen youth priority areas and contains proposals for action in each of these areas.

To make this a success and push for further investments in youth and the implementation of WPAY, requires young people to actively participate in the decision-making and advocacy to help make the goals a reality.

This is where you, I, AIESEC and young people come into the picture.

In May, AIESEC is partnering with the Office of the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth to bring your voices into the conversation for the #YouthNow campaign month of advocacy. #YouthNow is a global digital and in-person campaign launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to elevate conversations around investment in youth development. We firmly believe that young people need to be at the center of the global development process. That means including your opinions in the discussion through initiatives like the global YouthSpeak Survey that seek to understand what the challenges young people face across the education to employment journey, raising awareness on the youth opinion, and how the SDG’s fit into your everyday life and shape the world around you. Every voice and every opinion counts.

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Engaging young people with world issues is at the core of what we do, and at the beginning of the year 2014 we wanted to ensure that young people are informed and aware of what happens in decision-making spaces like the United Nations — aligning  what we do with what the world needs.

We believe that it is our role as young people to take some of these issues and lead the change we want to see — that’s why we want to hear from you and engage with you for the #YouthNow campaign.

It’s been 20 years since the WPAY was launched. The #YouthNow Campaign aims to leverage social engagement coinciding with the High-Level Event of the President of the General Assembly marking the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth on May 29, 2015 to reinforce and raise awareness of the importance of youth engagement in these issues, and to advocate for additional investments made by Member States for youth development.

YouthSpeak aims to enable young people to speak their opinions directly on issues that are affecting young people today. We are proud to partner with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to take your voices and those of youth around the world to the United Nations and to Member States for #YouthNow.

We see a very clear link between both movements–therefore we decided to use the YouthSpeak platform to make #YouthNow be heard.

We are happy to launch a video contest aimed at finding the BEST youth video on “Why youth development is critical for global development.”. Click the link below to learn more about the contest and how you can join!

Join the UN Youth Envoy + AIESEC #YouthNow Contest

Youth opinion is a priority for the United Nations, and we as young leaders  have an incredible opportunity to be a part of this change.

Below is the information you will need to submit your video for the #YouthNow challenge and be a part of the Global Youth Voice.

Join the contest for a chance to have your video formally featured as part of the digital surge leading up to and during the High-Level Event of the General Assembly hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City (more about the High Level Event: The event will be attended by over 1,000 people from around the world, including Ministers and youth leaders! Your video can help inform the online conversation and will be tweeted formally from the UN Youth Envoy account.

What you need to answer in a short video [3 minutes maximum]:
1) What are the most critical issues for youth in 2015?
2) Why is youth development central to the global development agenda?
3) What you think a solution(s) could be?

Post your video on any social media platform using the hashtag #YouthNow. The video can also include your personal action(s) or a project(s) to make a positive change for #YouthNow.

Video checklist

  • Answer all three questions
  • Videos can be made using a camera phone.
  • Videos do not need to be professionally made.
  • Limit is 3 minutes, however your video can be shorter.
  • Videos if shared on Facebook, videos must have security featured set to “public” so we can track them.

All videos must be received by May 26, 2015

What winners get?

  1. A chance to influence a global conversation on youth development! The video will be featured on social media platforms leading up to and during the High-Level Event of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 29 May 2015.
  2. Video will be featured across UN Youth Envoy and AIESEC websites, including social media channels of the UN and AIESEC.

Winners will be selected based upon

  • Strong message
  • Original and creative
  • Ability to inspire others and are action oriented

What’s the process and reward? A selection committee containing representatives from AIESEC and the Office of the United Nations Envoy on Youth will review all videos and pick the top 3 submissions.

Submit videos by May 26, 2015 on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube with hashtag #YouthNow and submit your video here

Important links:

#YouthNow campaign:

High-Level Event of the General Assembly:

AIESEC YouthSpeak movement:

AIESEC and United Nations relationship: here



All AIESEC members are safe after Nepal Earthquake

As of right now, all of our AIESEC members, including exchange participants are safe and sound in Nepal. They are in a protected area says President of AIESEC in Nepal Sveta Nikolaeva. She tells us that all of the people are staying outside the buildings and there is limited access to the internet, but they are staying safe.

A massive earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, destroying parts of a major historic center, killing more than 1,900 people and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest that left more than a dozen people dead, according to the Guardian. You can learn more about the earthquake in Nepal via The Guardian’s live blog.

If you are looking for someone, or haven’t heard from someone – you can use Google’s Person finder or Facebook’s Safety Check.

We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the earthquake, and send our prayers. As a global community, we urge individuals to extend their support to Nepal through trusted charity organizations who have a presence there. Here’s a list below of of charities where you can make a contribution to support relief efforts.


UNICEF, which works to ensure that every child has a safe and healthy childhood, is on the ground in Nepal aiding children and families. You can donate to UNICEF’s efforts online.

World Vision

World Vision calls itself a Christian organization that helps bring children out of poverty, and tries to build communities with its relief work. The organization already has a presence in Nepal.

Donate to support World Vision’s relief efforts in Nepal, here.


Oxfam is an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty. It also has a presence in Nepal.

Donate to Oxfam’s relief efforts in Nepal, here.


CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a large humanitarian organization, again with a presence in Nepal. Visiting its website will take you to a page where you can donate to CARE’s relief efforts in the country.

Save the Children

Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children in 120 nations, also has a network in Nepal. Donate to its relief efforts in the country, here.


We extend our deepest condolences and prayers for those affected by the Nepal earthquake, and we extend our support to organizations conducting relief efforts. We must all do more than just pray, but take action.

Aspire to Lead: Why Confidence is Necessary for Women’s Leadership

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On March 8th, International Women’s Day opened up a multitude of conversations about the value and role of women in society today. But while it is one thing to sit back and congratulate ourselves on having come so far, it is quite another to realize just how much better we can be, and furthermore, take action in order to make that change happen.

It is time consider how to empower and create leaders to drive the gender equality debate further. There is a gap in regards to women in leadership. According to UN Women, in the corporate world, only a measly 5 per cent of the CEOs leading the Fortune 500 companies are women. Likewise, in parliament, only 22 per cent of those participating are women.

These are intimidating numbers. And yet, studies and quotes have continually shown that breaking down the barriers of gender equality and allowing for the inclusion of women are not merely altruistic for the company, the society, and the nation, but also highly beneficial.

Women and men, alike, need to take the stand—to be bold, speak up, and take action for change. Ask yourselves, what would you do if you were not afraid?


Last month, PwC hosted their second global “Aspire to Lead” webcast centred around this very question, in the efforts of giving women the confidence to lead. The webcast featured Mike Fenlon, PwC’s Global and US Talent Leader, Eileen Naughton, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland, and Claire Shipman and Kathy Kay, authors of The Confidence Code.

It’s a double-sided issue. Women are fighting against stereotypes on both fronts, that from society, and that from themselves. We are all familiar with how society views women and how that needs to change. But here, we confront a different side of the coin: how the way women view and portray themselves have tremendous impact on their role and potential to be leaders.

It is becoming increasingly clear that people—women and men alike—need to move past their fears and embrace confidence. This is the first step to take in embodying the traits of a leader, and also the first step towards breaking down gender barriers.

As Nora Wu, PwC Vice Chairwoman and Global Human Capital Leader, so candidly asks, “If you do not have confidence in yourself, how can you expect other people to have confidence in you?” Here are some valuable lessons from the webcast and various leaders in PwC.



 Confidence is taking ownership of yourself and your skills. It is being willing to step forward despite a self-perceived lack of confidence. It is knowing what you can do to make a difference and not being afraid to be different. Confidence is purpose, and it is motivation. Such confidence is what makes leadership possible.

Taking risks

This is the only way in order to grow in leaps and bounds. If complacency is the mark of a wasted life, then taking risks is the mark of a productive one. Having the confidence to take risks means taking purposeful action, and thereby informing your sense of self and others’ perception thereof. Creating yourself as a leader is a risk in and of itself. By pushing yourself to contribute, grow, and evolve in today’s fast-paced society, you are cultivating your potential.

The typical trend with women has been that they tend to be more passive. A speaker mentioned in the talk how women are only willing to apply for a position if they feel they have 100% of the qualifications, whereas men would be willing if they felt just 60%. Women should take initiative for themselves as well.

Know yourself

The advice “be yourself” might be a bit cliché but clichés have their root in truth. According to the Harvard Business Review, people become leaderships by internalizing a leadership identity, and thereby developing a sense of purpose. This sort of self-awareness is invaluable for any individual—when you know what you want, what you don’t, and what is important to you, you become much more effective and productive as a person.

Speak Up, Step Up, Be Resilient

Fear should be nothing but motivation to overcome it. Leaders are not scared to make impressions, to ask questions, or to learn. Confidence comes from building up resilience over time, being able to bounce back from problems and challenges over time. After all, we can have a lot more to learn from our failures than our successes.

Leaders should not be afraid of going out of the comfort zone, doing things differently, innovation. If one has the passion and ambition, one simply has to step forward and look for the opportunities, the people, the resources, and make it happen.

Share successes

This is arguably one of the prevalent strengths of the gender equality movement—that individuals are given a voice and a presence where they didn’t have one previously. It gives them a story, and what’s more, a story worth sharing. This is the backbone of solidarity movements like HeforShe, organizations such as Lean In, and campaigns such as #NotThere (by the No Ceilings initiative).

The point here is to let others know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and why it matters. Only then, can the impact be unleashed, through telling the full story.


The world has begun to realize that this is not so much a gender problem as it is a human problem. Now, more than ever, it is all about the equal value of every individual, and resulting equal opportunity. Indeed, today’s quickly evolving society fosters a culture of growth, in which opportunities abound.

For the gender debate, it is hugely important to discuss how the unbalanced proportion of opportunity is slanted towards the male population, yes, but it is also equally important to empower women towards taking action for themselves.

“Aspire to Lead” focuses on this very issue—raising awareness has been done, many times. There has been a plethora of different discussions and exchanges of ideas. Now it is all about confidence and the resulting proactivity. By collectively taking ownership and taking action, we become leaders who can propel people forward into a more inclusive, accepting society.

For more information about PwC’s Aspire to Lead series and to watch the recent ‘The Confidence to Lead’ webcast, click here.

Other resources listed in this post include:
Confidence Code
HBR Article
Lean In

Let’s Take Action for Women, Everyday

Contributed by: Tala Mansi

If you have seen the hashtags #Makeithappen, #GoGirl, #IWD2015, #SHE flooding your Twitter and Facebook, you have probably figured out today is International Women’s Day. Around the world today, we celebrate women and the progress we have made in gender equality as well as looking forward to making more real changes to enhance the livelihood of women.

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many nations around the world, and 2015 marks the 107th year that we commemorate this day.

International Women’s Day defined by the UN on their official website is:

“…a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”


This year marks a special year for International Women’s Day, on which we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the first and most advanced guide for advancing women’s rights. Created in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference for Women, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is a comprehensive blueprint for advancing the rights of women, signed by 189 countries.

This week until March 20th, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be taking place at the UN HQ, bringing together representatives of Member States, world leaders, and various NGOs from all over the world to attend the session focused on implementation of gender equality initiatives.

The fight for gender equality has been one on the forefront with many global campaigns and online discussions by various organizations in the private and public sector in order to shed light in a new way on the existing gap between men and women, creating massive global awareness and inspiring a movement for gender equality

Some recent notable ones are:

  1. Always #likeagirl (launched during 2015 Super Bowl)
  2. Pantene, #ShineStrong
  3. UN Women, #HeforShe, brought to light by Emma Watson

Is awareness enough? What tangible progress have we made on gender equality? Let’s zoom in on 4 key areas.


All developing regions have or almost achieved gender parity in primary education – but the gender disparity widens at the secondary and tertiary school levels in many countries.
(UN Women)


Since 1995 across the globe, girls and boys are enrolling in primary school at almost equal rates, which is incredible progress. On the other hand, the gap between the two widens at the secondary school level.

Annually, AIESEC, one of the largest youth leadership development organizations aimed to provide experiential learning volunteer experiences to young people, facilitates the process of youth providing children and youth access to education by working NGOs and various schools across the globe to enhance the quality of primary, secondary, and high-school education. In 2014, 17,000+ youth went on volunteer and professional internships in the area of education.


25 women CEOs lead Fortune 500 companies today, compared to only 1 in 1998 – but this is a mere 5% of CEOs on the list.
(UN Women)


In politics, the number of women serving in legislatures has nearly doubled since 1995 — but that still only translates to 22% of women in parliament today.

Approximately 60% of AIESEC’s global membership of 70,000 are women – providing a platform for women from an early age with practical leadership experiences to discover their passions, purpose, and potential.

Recently, at AIESEC’s Global Leaders Summit that took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the global plenary of 126 countries and territories elected the next president of the global association, Ana María Saldarriaga. Ana is the first Latin American woman to reach presidency, and a native of Medellin, Colombia.

“When I applied for President, the concept of me being a woman didn’t even cross my mind. This is precisely what it should be for all women out there. Every decision I have taken in the past has never been limited by my gender, where I come from, or my status. I would like to see a world where labels don’t matter – where you come from and your gender should never define you.

I would like to inspire a generation of young people to not inspire people to dream for a better world, but to inspire a generation to work for a better world for every person. Well done is better than well said. The world needs more doers, the more people who take action.”



2 billion people gained access to clean drinking water from 1990 – 2010 – but women still spend 16 million hours per day collecting water in 25 sub-Saharan countries.
(UN Women)


Women play an important role in water management in developing countries, often times having the responsibility to fetch clean water for their families for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and washing.

This difficult and time-consuming task limits other opportunities, such as pursuing education. There has been progress made on this burden for women between 1990 and 2010, as 2 billion people gained access to clean drinking water. In rural Benin, girls ages 6-14 spend an average of one hour a day collecting water compared with 25 minutes for their brothers. (source, UN Water)

Convenient access to water also reduces the chance of women being sexually assaulted or harassed while gathering their water, as they will no longer have to travel to dangerous places to fetch basic resources.


In 1993 the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against women provided a framework for action on the pandemic. But more than 20 years later, 1 in 3 women still experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
(UN Women)


It’s difficult to determine the full scope of the problem, as very often, cases of violence against women go unreported. Living a free life without violence is a basic right, and unfortunately, also something many women and girls across the globe have never experience, being subject to violence by their home, community, and or war existing in their country.

Ending gender-based violence is one of the key priorities of UN Women. It is an issue that has no exclusivity to developing nations, and is widely a pressing challenge in developed nations. According to the UNODC’s global study on homicide, it is estimated that of all women killed in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. UN Women has gathered the key facts and figures on the issue, examining many dimensions such as sexual trafficking, genital mutilation, and the cost of violence.

The consequences of women experiencing violence are long term, affecting children who can suffer behavioural and emotional disturbances, or improper care leading to malnutrition and disease, social and economic costs to society as women become more isolated when they have the inability to work and loose wages.

Since 1995—a decade ago—we have made incredible progress in the areas of education and access to clean water. However we still have a long road ahead for gender equality, especially in the areas of leadership and violence against women. Today, discrimination against women still remains.

Today is a day that brings energy and voices to the commitment to achieve equality between men and women, inspiring us to do more to empower the world’s women, and to do more to ensure that women are never held back from discovering their fullest potential.

As we look beyond International Women’s Day, let us remember that international awareness is not enough; to make real change we need to make a commitment to global action to make significant progress towards gender equality.

UN Women’s Message on IWD15

In her message for International Women’s Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world can be reversed. She calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality, to reach ‘Planet 50:50’ before 2030.

“Empower women,
empower humanity.”

Join us in celebrating the inextinguishable spirit of women. This International Women’s Day, tag and appreciate the special women in your life. ‪#‎SHE‬.

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