Keeping up the momentum for increased women’s leadership – UN 2019 Women Run

The UN 2019 Women First Run was held under the theme “I Lead!” on Sunday 10 March 2019. This year 13,000 girls and women took part in the run.

This year’s theme – I LEAD – was chosen to celebrate the remarkable progress in bringing women leadership to high-level political positions. The formation of the record 50 percent women cabinet as well as the appointment of the first female president and the first Supreme Court President are commendable steps taken by Ethiopia that is implementing a range of political and reforms under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

At the event, Ethiopia’s First Lady Zinash Tayachew underscored the potential of women to take leadership positions in various sectors and at different levels and called on all stakeholders to keep the momentum for increased role of women in leadership in the country.

“Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Goals – the SDGs or Agenda 2030. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we get to justice, inclusive and prosperous world,” said Mr. Aeneas Chuma, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

He also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to continue supporting the government and people of Ethiopia to ensure the full participation of women to co-lead the transformation of Ethiopia.

This year’s run events also saw the participation of senior women government officials including Ms. Yalem Tsegay, Minister of Women, Children and Youth and Ms. Hirut, State Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as female heads of UN agencies and a number of Ethiopian women icon.

 

UN entities involved in this initiative
OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UN ECA
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
ILO
International Labor Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
ITC
International Trade Centre
ITU
International Telecommunications Union
WHO
World Health Organization
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
WFP
World Food Programme
UNCDF
UN Capital Development Fund
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNDRR
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNV
United Nations Volunteers