Statement from OEF President on International Women's Day

OEF celebrates International Women's Day
OEF programs Secure Fisheries and PASO Colombia are working closely with women in local fishing villages to understand their perspectives and ensure they benefit from OEF's work.

MARCH 8, 2017—BROOMFIELD, Colo. — As the world marks International Women’s Day (IWD), it is a good time to reflect on the progress made and the progress still needed in achieving gender equality and ensuring human rights for all. One Earth Future celebrates International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, which calls on everyone to forge a better, more gender inclusive world.

“At One Earth Future we strongly support the efforts of women and all those fighting for gender equality,” said Larry Sampler, president of One Earth Future. “Women and girls are key to a more peaceful world. Policy can be turned into effective impactful practice when women’s voices are heard, the global network of women peacebuilders is strengthened, and when stakeholders commit to action.”

It has been more than 100 years since International Women's Day was established to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to shine a light on the remaining barriers to equality for women.

Today we know global stability, peace, and prosperity depend on protecting the rights of women and girls around the world. Research shows that progress in women’s education, health, and employment can lead to greater economic growth and more peaceful societies.

We also know that when women and men are equally empowered, governments are more representative and effective.  However, according to the World Economic Forum’s prediction, the gender gap will not close until 2186. The world cannot wait that long. This year is the time for action.

For more information please contact One Earth Future at +1 303-533-1715 or

About One Earth Future:

OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues. One Earth Future is a catalyst for amplifying women’s voices and strengthening networks of women around the world to achieve gender equality for all.