International Women's Day 8 March 2021

Women in Leadership

Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all.  International Women's Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural.

UN Women

Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.

When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women. And women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements online and on the streets for social justice, climate change and equality in all parts of the world. 

Good Shepherd Asia Pacific

Throughout many countries in the Asia Pacific region, Good Shepherd organizations and programs work towards empowerment of women and girls, using rights-based approach.  International Women's Day 2021 is being celebrated throughout Good Shepherd Asia Pacific, and stories of events will be shared in the days to come. 

Malaysia, Good Shepherd Services

Tambunan, about 80kms east of Kota Kinabalu, is a valley district that sprawls over 1,347 square kilometres of verdant land, home to some 42,600 Kadazan-Dusun people. Beneath its picture book perfect portrayal of rural living lies a troubled culture and history of violence against, and the suppression of women. Now, the womenfolk of Tambunan are beginning to take a stand, to fight for their right to independence, autonomy and choice. 

Since 2017, Good Shepherd Services have developed a partnership with local Tambunan organization Yayasan Hasanah, and this beautiful and inspirational coffee table book showcases stories from the community. The foreword by Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Managing Director Yayasan Hasanah, describes the vision, strengths and outcomes of this partnership.  

Not My Mother's Path:  On the collective strength of Tambunan's daughters: 

Click here - Not My Mother's Path:  On the collective strength of Tambunan's daughters

Malaysia, Global Shepherds Berhad

Explore articles on the International Women's Day celebrations held in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and with the refugee community.  

Pictures and video is in the google link.

Submitted:  Michele Rozells, Monitoring & Evaluation-cum-Communications Officer, Global Shepherds Berhad, Kuala Lumpur 


Students at Good Shepherd residential care services in Singapore participated in activities on IWD2021, appropriate to their age, all with the aim of helping the students to understand how far women’s rights have progressed over the past 150 years and to break down the stereotypes about women.  Through a YouTube video depicting the aims of IWD and the challenges women have faced and continue to face, one group of children learnt that they could contribute to change and challenge stereotypes associated with women. 

Good Shepherd Student Care, Lower Primary.  Click here - Good Shepherd Student Care - Lower Primary

Good Shepherd Student Care, Upper Primary.  Click here - Good Shepherd Student Care - Upper Primary

Ahuva Good Shepherd Small Group Care.  Click here - Ahuva Good Shepherd Small Group Care

Australia & Aotearoa/New Zealand

An International Women's Day event was held (virtually) with participants joining from across Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Led by Ms Gendrie Klein-Breteler, Director of Mission GSANZ, it was a reflective and rich event, showcasing the vision and mission of Good Shepherd expressed in programs and projects locally and internationally.  The Resource Pack below may be used beyond IWD and adapated by countries for cultural relevance.

Click here - Good Shepherd Empowering Women #IWD2021 #CSW65


GSIJPO NGO Prayer for IWD2021

Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) NGO Prayer IWD 2021

Click here - International Women's Day 8 March 2021