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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY





















March 8 ~ March 8 ~ March 8 ~ March 8
A DAY TO REMEMBER...
...THE YEAR TO ACT

International Women's Day is celebrated throughout the world on March 8 every year. It provides an opportunity to focus upon and remember the struggle of women throughout the world. Its origin can be traced to 8th March, 1857 when women garment workers in New York demonstrated against working conditions.
In 1910, at a Women's Conference in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin proposed the establishment of a global International Women's Day. She called upon women everywhere to link their fight for equal rights with a fight to preserve international peace and in 1911 millions of women celebrated the first International Women's Day.
Since then the significance of the event has grown and now it has a truly global character. In 1977 the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution No. 322/142 inviting each country to proclaim a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. In many countries March 8 has become an occasion to review the progress women have made in their struggle for peace, equal rights and social progress and an opportunity to raise funds for disadvantaged women everywhere.