International Women’s Day 2021

UN International Women’s Day 2021

Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world


Hosted by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) in partnership with the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Sudan Knowledge (SK).
Target audience: Academics, researchers, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, Women, Youth, students, private sector, business, SMEs, and other stakeholders.

To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. Transforming the balance of power is essential, not only as a question of human rights, personal development, health and well-being. It is critical to solving some of the most damaging and intractable problems of our age. Women’s rights have made significant progress in recent decades, from the abolition of discriminatory laws to increased numbers of girls in school. But we now face a powerful pushback. Legal protections against rape and domestic abuse are being diluted in some countries; women’s sexual and reproductive rights are under threat.
António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

The conference brings together senior and high level intellectual and practice-based contributors who will help develop a framework for the analysis of the role of women and girls in achieving sustainable inclusive development across the world. You can browse here keynote speakers from our previous international conferences.

In celebration of the United Nations International Women’s Day, WASD and its partners across the world are working together to meaningful and self-led women learnership across the world. The International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world to show the remarkable achievements of women to society and world sustainable development. The conference theme will follow the theme selected by the UN for this year’s celebration “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”. The celebrations this year aims to recognise and acknowledge the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly, women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development across the world and their role is very crucial for increased development, but challenges remain. And so, reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. To mark the celebration this year,

WASD is pleased to launch its new journal: World Journal of Women and Sustainable Development (WJWSD) which will become WASD’s flagship journal focusing on women and sustainable development. WJWSD aims to promote the top quality international research, ideas and information about the role of Women in achieving Sustainable Development across the world. WJWSD will focus on all what you need to know about Women leadership and empowerment particularly issues relating to Women in Developing countries. 

WASD is planning to publish special issues focusing on our conference theme and encourage participants to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience. Selected papers will be included in WJWSD and the World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD). We are also keen to write a blog piece about International Women’s Day and the summary of the conference which will be featured in various prestigious websites including our publisher Emerald