GIZ India celebrated Gender Day on 4th March, by organising a “Gender Meet” at New Delhi, as part of GIZ’s ongoing Gender Week, being commemorated from 2nd to 6th March, 2015. GIZ in India has acknowledged and adopted the theme for International Women’s Day (observed annually on 8th March) ‘Make it Happen’ as the core of GIZ India’s Gender Day focussed on the topic of ‘’Gender Equality at the heart of development.’’
This year’s event, in close collaboration with the global champion for women and girls, UNWomen, was well attended by many GIZ members, and witnessed robust interaction. Mrs. Luigina Blaich, Director-Finance & Administration, GIZ India, in her welcome address, highlighted GIZ’s resolve to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, by way of affirmative action. Mr. Heiko Warnken, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, in his address, reaffirmed Germany’s and GIZ’s commitment to ensuring gender parity. Senior experts from UNWomen discussed critical areas of women’s economic empowerment, safety and violence against women in India’s context. This sparked lively debate among the participants.
The event concluded with all GIZ participants adopting the HeForShe pledge - a solidarity movement that encourages men and boys to make a pledge on how they, as individuals, will ensure gender justice, gender equity and gender equality.