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March 8th

The International Woman's Day

International Women's Day is observed throughout the world on 8 March as a day when women on all continents, while often divided by national boundaries, and ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to focus on women's human rights. This special day has assumed a global dimension in recent decades with the growth of the international women's movement which has been strengthened by four global United Nations conferences. Such progress has helped to make the observance of International Women's Day a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women's rights and women's participation in political, economic and social processes.

The United Nations began observing International Women's Day in 1975, during International Women's Year, in recognition of the tradition of ordinary women struggling to participate equally in their societies. In 1977, the General Assembly passed a resolution inviting each country to proclaim, in accordance with its historical and national traditions and customs, any day of the year as United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. The Organization's initiatives have resulted in the creation of an international legal framework to achieve equality for women, and in increased public awareness of the critical need for the advancement of women in all spheres of life.


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