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International Women´s Day 2021

Women leading the way towards gender equality at UNOV/UNODC

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates women's achievements and raises awareness about women's equality. UN Women announced this year`s theme as, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girlsand the flagship Generation Equality campaign.

This International Women’s Day, UNOV/UNODC is celebrating the leadership shown by women across the organisations. Through a series of interviews, inspirational women from Field Offices and HQ are celebrated for their efforts towards advancing gender equality commitments and promoting these aspects across the Offices’ mandated areas of work.

Read all about their motivation, their achievements, and how they will be commemorating IWD 2021 on the UNODC Gender website.

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Hadiza Abba

National Programme Officer (UNODC)

Human Rights and Gender

Bonnie Adkins

Chief, Security and Safety Service


Cristina Albertin

UNODC Regional Representative

Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa 

Rebecca Miller

Regional Coordinator (UNODC)

Trafficking in Persons/Migrants Smuggling

Ashita Mittal

UNODC Regional Representative

Regional Office for Central Asia

Gelareh Mostashari

National Programme Officer (UNODC)

Expert Drug Demand Reduction

Violeta Zarco

Liaison Supervisor (UNODC)

Head of Gender and Human Rights Advisory Group at LPOMEX