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International Women’s Day (IWD)
8th March 2015
Each year since 1911, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on the 8th March, and this year is no different.
In a couple of weeks time thousands of events and numerous organisations worldwide will show their efforts to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women, with this year’s theme – #MakeItHappen.
It is a time to reflect on advancements made, to call for greater change and equality and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
While there have been many progressions and achievements made, there is a need to address the many serious gaps that still remain. Envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise freedom of choice such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states:
"The evidence is clear: equality for women is progress for all- countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.
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