The UN’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) observance is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Throughout the month of March, UN Women will recognize contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. 

Beyond the critical need to advance gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction, the broad scope of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) means that a gender equality lens needs to be applied across all of the sustainable development goals. In line with this, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) joins the IWD 2022 celebrations by recognizing and celebrating a number women who are UNSSC alumnae, and are leading the charge on the College’s three mandate areas – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Peace and Security and Leadership and Management.

We believe that empowering women through learning gives a better opportunity to advocate for representation in political and economic-decision making processes that will support our efforts to build a sustainable future for all. In keeping with these values and aspirations, we organized for International Women’s Day 2021, an event titled Women’s Voices for an Equal Future, which brought together women leaders to highlight the significance of women’s leadership, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and much more.

Select Alumnae
Select Alumnae
Dr Tasnim Atatrah

"We recognize the essential role women play in our lives, and thank our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and colleagues for selflessly dedicating their skills to building healthy futures for generations to come. We pledge our commitment to gender equality and wellbeing for all. Let’s give more support to the role of women today, to build sustainable futures together tomorrow."

Laura Páez Heredia

“You can be the change. Do not let the status quo define you or preempt what you can do at your level. Effective leadership is about you defining your contribution towards the organization as you want it to be. Be creative, try things out when you engage with others, do it differently and see what results this brings. The journey to leadership is rocky but fun too!”

Indira Banga

Women are not only victims in violent extremism but active peacebuilders in preventing and countering violent extremism from the bottom to the top.”

Silvia Eunice Vides Canas

“In my work supporting the coordination for the achievement of the 2030 agenda in El Salvador, I firmly believe that the path to sustainable development and post-covid recovery is not possible without gender equality. There is no progress if gaps persist for women in health, education and basic services, if there are differentiated climate impacts, if women have less economic participation, limited access to justice, and very reduced political participation. There are enormous challenges that humanity must overcome in a cohesive manner and with full access to all human rights for everyone.”

Asya Varbanova

“Without women’s full and effective participation and leadership today, a sustainable and equal future will not be possible.”

Doreen Bogdan–Martin

“Digital gives us the chance to remake a world where everyone can realize their potential. It’s vital that women get the chance to pioneer, co-create, and lead in the digital space.”

Sharon Kabubi

When women's natural propensity for compassion and togetherness is practiced and honored in all spaces, only then will we witness a new era of leadership.”

Mukondeleli Mpeiwa

“In Africa, "women peace and security" should translate into enhanced protection. A seat at the table should lead towards a better world.”

Silvia Broda

"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders."

Jood Wasel Alharthi

“An environment that prides itself in celebrating true women equality, is one that fosters the transformational power of women’s voices from the least represented groups and minorities.“




Photo: Carlos Rivera - UN Women