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International Women's Day
Every year, 8 March is celebrated in many countries around the world as International Women's Day.
It is a day when
women are recognized for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political dimensions.It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
For the United Nations, International Women's Day has been observed on 8 March since 1975. This day has been dedicated exclusively to the celebration of the world's women for two reasons. Firstly, to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality and development of women. Second, to acknowledge the contribution of women in strengthening international peace and security.
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 women's rights. The Day is traditionally marked with a
message from the UN Secretary-General and from UNIFEM's Executive Director.
Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN's efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.
This year's theme is "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women."