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International Women’s Day 2023: Accelerating Equality and Empowerment

International Women's Day 2023

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2023, we at the World Bank Group will celebrate women’s achievements and contributions with a series of events and engagements – we look forward to your participation!

The UN theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”.  This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.  

Gender equality and empowerment remains a priority for the World Bank Group – both in our operations and in the organization. To drive transformative change, the World Bank Group’s yearlong Accelerate Equality initiative throughout 2022 explored the important progress made and lessons learned over the last 10 years since the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012), and developed ideas and a momentum for the future while strengthening partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders.  In 2023, the World Bank Group is transitioning to the preparation of the 2024-30 WBG Gender Strategy Update, to be launched in early 2024.

We at the World Bank Group are working with our clients to find innovative solutions to help women and girls unleash their human capital and become leaders, entrepreneurs, and agents of change for green, resilient, and inclusive development. Engaging women is key to development, including climate action.  Women’s economic empowerment, in conjunction with girls’ education, family planning, reproductive and sexual health, and reduced child marriage, can facilitate the transition to low-carbon economies, help improve resource use, and assist in lowering environmental damage and land fragmentation, as well as increase resilience.There is more work to do, so, together, let us accelerate gender equality and empowerment today for a more sustainable tomorrow!


Agnes Leina Founder and Executive Director of Il'laramatak Community Concerns
VIDEO Mar 08, 2023

International Women’s Day – One Year of Accelerate Equality

The #AccelerateEquality initiative aims to close gender gaps and promote women and girls' empowerment to drive transformative change, unlocking trillions of dollars in economic potential. Hear from World Bank Group leaders, partners, and stakeholders on what "accelerating equality" means to them.

Here are some inspiring global examples and helpful resources to learn more and get engaged. 


Blog: Accelerating Gender Equality: Let’s Make Digital Technology Work for All

Blog: GirlCode: Women Using Technology to Create Meaningful Solutions

Blog: Empowering adolescent girls in Africa through education

Brief: International Women's Day 2023: Eastern & Southern Africa

Event: Empowering Adolescent Women and Girls for Economic Transformation in Western and Central Africa

Story: For women and girls in Benin, multi-faceted gender reforms offer new opportunities

Story: Girl Power! Driving Transformation in Western and Central Africa

Story: Did you say, “Women and Girls in Science”? Meet Sally, who proves that women can succeed in STEM

East Asia & the Pacific

Campaign: DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

Blog: Overcoming barriers to women’s work in the Philippines


Europe & Central Asia

Social: How the World Bank is Empowering Women Across Europe & Central Asia

Story: More Reforms Are Needed in Kosovo for Women to Fully Contribute Towards Country’s Economy and Prosperity

Story: Empowering Women in the Kyrgyz Republic: Mendayim Starts a Business

Blog: For faster growth, Central Asia must confront biased perceptions about the value of women’s work

Video: Empowering women in Central Asia

Opinion: Lifting Barriers to Women Employment Will Benefit Everyone in Azerbaijan

Video: Helping Women in Georgia Break Through in Tech

Video: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in North Macedonia

Blog: How can Serbia’s energy and mining sector become a leader in gender equality?

Latin America & Caribbean

Event: Creating Safe Communities for Women with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean

Program: Launch of New Latin America and the Caribbean Gender Scorecards

Blog: Change is possible, but progress remains stagnant in addressing gender gaps

Story: Kerry Ann’s Vigilance Helps Communities in Central Jamaica Avert Disaster

Story: Empowering Young Women in St. Lucia’s Energy Sector

Story: Lessons learned in promoting gender equity in the Amazon

Women's Solutions: Visual Story | Report

Video: Five recommendations for conservation and sustainable development with gender equity in the Amazon

Middle East & North Africa

Event: Climate, Gender, and Food Security Resilience – Good Practices from the Middle East and North Africa

Report: Launch of the State of the Mashreq Women Report II

Story: Egypt: Job creation and Affordable Housing are Vital to Women’s Empowerment

Story: Women in the GCC are Taking Over Tech!

Blog: Djibouti: Training entrepreneurs is getting more women to work

Blog: Women in war-torn Yemen seek economic opportunities against all odds



South Asia

Brief: International Women's Day 2023: Women who lead from the front

Blog: Women to the Rescue: A Journey in Pakistan

Blog: Facing the Challenges of Girls’ Education in Pakistan

Event: Accelerating Gender Equality: Towards a #DigitALL Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka


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