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International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011

Today marks the 100th anniversary of international Women’s Day.  It is the first International Women’s Day for UN Women, the UN agency for women which was finally established by the UN General Assembly in 2010, more than 60 years after the founding of the UN itself.

This year, International Women’s Day highlights the participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology. It also focuses our attention on the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.

Message from Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet

International Women’s Day 2011: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality

A hundred years ago today, women across the world took an historic step on the long road to equality. The first ever International Women’s Day was called to draw attention to the unacceptable and often dangerous working conditions that so many women faced worldwide. Although the occasion was celebrated in only a handful of countries, it brought over one million women out onto the streets, demanding not just better conditions at work but also the right to vote, to hold office and to be equal partners with men.

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