March 8- International Women’s Day

Initiated in 1910 during the second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen, International women Day is now celebrated worldwide on March 8th each year. It began with advocacy for women’s rights to vote, to work, to be trained, and to hold public office, in order to end discrimination against women. Since its first celebration by the United Nations in 1975, several global themes have emerged: Women at the Peace Table, Women and Human Rights, World Free of Violence Against Women, Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger, Time for Action to End Violence Against Women. If these themes reflect the global dimensions of women’s conditions, they also remain indicators that the road to equal rights is rockier than anticipated. Thus, advocacy remains imperative.

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