International Women’s Day [fr]

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.
The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

International Women’s Day originates from the labor movement from the turn of the XXth century in North America and Europe. The first National Woman’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America on February 28th, 1909, and was later celebrated on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

The growing international movement for woman’s emancipation contributes to use this dedicated day to mobilize the support in favor of women’s rights and their participation in the political and economic life. On March 8th, 1977, the UN adopted a resolution instructing the countries members to celebrate a “UN day for Women’s rights and international peace”, known as “International Women’s Day”.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to give an overview about progress that has been made, to call for change and to reward courageous acts done by ordinary women that played an extraordinary role in their country and community’s history.

To find out more:

- How France in South Africa honours women

- Visit the website of the International Women’s Day

- Visit the website UN Women

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression… Our endeavors must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child.”
Nelson Mandela

publie le 07/03/2014

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