The World Bank Organization – March 9, 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!