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March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. On this occasion, the European Union issued a joint statement declaring that ‘Our Union is a pioneer in tackling gender-based discrimination and we can be proud of the progress achieved: Europe is one of the safest and most equal places for women in the world.’
From 26 February to 23 March 2018 the international community will gather in Geneva at the Human Rights Council (HRC) to discuss the world's most pressing human rights issues. "In a year, where we mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the EU reaffirms its strong support for the work of the UN human rights system," says Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva. "The Declaration is as valid as it was at the time of its adoption and sadly, we are far from the full respect of these commitments all over the world. Rights and freedoms are still being challenged and the space for civil society is shrinking in many countries throughout the world," he adds. Therefore, the EU will give strong priority to promoting and defending the universality of human rights and to raising the profile of human rights throughout the year.
Now that Da'esh has been territorially defeated, the EU wants to help the Iraqis achieve their aims of reconstructing their country, putting citizens at the core of the project. Co-chairing the Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait on 13 February 2018, EU High Representative Mogherini emphasised the EU’s strong commitment to invest in rebuilding infrastructure, but also Iraq's institutions, social systems and communities, and announced an additional EUR 400 million in humanitarian, development and stabilisation aid.