08 Mar 2017
Venue: International Environment House I
Organization: Geneva Environment Network
The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. On this particular day, UN Women and the UN family call upon all actors to Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030.
In 2016, as part of International Women’s Day, a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched and 20 of the inspirational women nominated were awarded.
This year, three weeks ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a call for nominations was launched. The purpose was to recognize individuals’ commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the field of environment.
An exhibition celebrating their achievements was launched on 8 March 2017, at the International Environment House. A ceremony took place at the International Environment House I, chaired by Elena MANAENKOVA, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization.
The 18 selected women in 2017:
- Barbara RYAN (Group On Earth Observation Secretariat)
- Barbara RUIS (UNEP)
- Elena DUMITRU (Permanent Mission of Romania)
- Elena VILLALOBOS PRATS (World Health Organization)
- Fatoumata KEITA-OUANE (Independent Expert)
- Gill CASSAR (World Economic Forum)
- Hélène GANDOIS (CITES)
- Inger ANDERSEN (IUCN)
- Juliane DREWS (UNAIDS)
- Julie DEKENS (IISD)
- Kerstin STENDAHL (IPCC)
- Liliana ANDONOVA (Graduate Institute)
- Malcolm JOHNSON (ITU)
- Marisol ESTRELLA (UN Environment)
- Matthias KERN (BRS Conventions)
- Pamela HAMAMOTO (United States of America)
- Tatiana FEDOTOVA (WBCSD)
- Vera WEICK (UNEP)
You can watch the ceremony here.