On March 8th, the world recognizes International Women’s Day –a day to reflect, celebrate, and continue to push for changes.
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change 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. — UN Women
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Also, check out the Population Reference Bureau’s 2015 World Population Data Sheet, which spotlights data illustrating women’s progress towards equity.