March is a month of unprecedented #PressforProgress for Women’s Rights. 1 March marked the anniversary of the #SheDecides campaign. 8 March is International Women’s Day. The 62nd annual Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the UN in New York from 12 -23 March will focus on rural women with a sub-theme on gender and the media.

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation. Read more here. In Southern Africa, we will be asking the relevance of these themes, especially for young women.

Join us to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. The #TimeisNow. For more information contact Sifisosami Dube – Head of Programmes:


DAY TIME EVENT More information
1 March All day #SheDecides

2 March All day SA National Consultative Conference for the CSW Programme
2 March 12.00 -13.30 Women leaders meet with the Canadian Deputy Minister for International Development Download
2 March 15.30 – 18.30 Women’s Rights in A Global Context
3 March 12.00 – 13.30 Danish Minister of Development Co-operation visits GL
3 March  19.00 – 21.00 #BigDebate on SABC 2 – Patriarchy in South Africa
7 March 11.00 – 14.00 Driving towards equality – a study by Uber on Gender and Transport Report and executive summary


8 March 8.30 – 9.15 Ring the Bell for Gender Equality at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange See website for more information
8 March 12.00 – 14.00 From Hashtags to Action – Young Women Speak Out More information
10 -11 March All Day Validation of the Botswana Gender and Sport Strategy in Gaborone
16 March  10.30 -12.00 #MeTooOnline CSW side event in New York Download flyer
19 March TBC The Gender and Data Revolution
22 March 10.00 -11.15 Making IT Work for Gender Justice Download flyer