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International Womens Day

THE turn of the 20th century gave women a greater opportunity to participate in the political, economic, cultural, and social life of their respective nations. Their participation in international forums on practically all issues has allowed them to consolidate actions based on principles of cooperation and sharing, and aimed at instituting crucial changes in a world where inequalities still exist between the rich and the poor, women and men, human beings and Nature.

The history of women struggling for their rights dates back to the late 1850s when women garment workers in New York staged a massive silent protest about their working conditions, poverty wages, and sexual harassment that were common in their jobs.

In 1975, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 each year to be the day on which women around the world can commemorate their struggles and their achievements. The day has been seen as a time for asserting womens political and social rights and for reviewing the progress that women have made since the French Revolution when women calling for liberty, equality, and fraternity marched to Versailles to demand womens suffrage. …