Observance of International Women’s Day 2012: “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”


• H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

• H.E. Marjon V. Kamara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations and Chairperson the 56th session of the Commission of the Status of Women

• Video message: Ms. Michele Bachelet, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Panel Discussion:

• Ms. Mishkat Al Moumin, Former Minister of Environment in Iraq and Founder and Director of the NGO Women and the Environment (tbc).

• Ms. Anne Itto, Former Caretaker Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and the current Deputy Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the Republic of South Sudan.

• Ms. Marina Fe Balmori Durano, Research Coordinator for Political Economy of Globalization, Development Alternatives with Women for a   New Era (DAWN),Manila, Philippines.

• Ms. Mirian Masaquiza, Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

• Ms. Yelena Kudryavtseva, UN Women Sub Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Closing Remarks:

• Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women


Ms. Femi Oke, International broadcaster and a correspondent for WNYC Radio’s national syndicated news show The Takeaway

Running time: 02:07:49

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