political and social achievements of women past.  In some places like China. Vietnam and Bulgaria.  Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote.ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY  When: Friday 8 March 2013 Where: Everywhere What: International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic. International Women's Day honours the . International Women's Day is a national holiday. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. present and future. Russia.

IWD  The United Nations General Assembly.  For the women of the world . celebrates International Women's Day  to recognize that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women and  to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security. composed of delegates from every Member State.

and legislation that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their human rights has been adopted in many countries. their participation in the paid labor force has grown. .growing number of women participating in society as policy-makers. women's access to education and proper health care has increased. The world now has an ever.Recent scenario  In recent decades. much progress has been     made. On a worldwide level.

3 billion absolute poor are women.  The majority of the world's 1. with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women of reproductive age worldwide.Real Situation  However.  On average.  And everywhere. women receive between 30 and 40 per cent less pay than men earn for the same work. nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men. women continue to be victims of violence. .

603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.  Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides.  Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. married before the age of 18… .  Globally.Worldwide today:  Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.

the equal rights of women have progressed.  The UN theme for International Women's Day 2013 is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women. 2013 Theme: THE GENDER AGENDA: GAINING MOMENTUM  Over time and distance." . There is global momentum for championing women's equality. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change.

SYMBOL  The International Women’s Day logo is in purple and white and features the symbol of Venus. which is also the symbol of being female. .

 "There is one universal truth. never tolerable. cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable."  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon . Women’s Day message  A promise is a promise:  Time for action to end violence against women. never excusable.N.Delhi braveheart figures in U. applicable to all countries.

 The braveheart who died after a brutal gang-rape here this past December figures in the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on International Women’s Day. safety and freedom they deserve. in war zones and placid .N. We renew our pledge to combat this global health menace wherever it may lurk – in homes and businesses. The U. We declare that we will prosecute crimes against women – and never allow women to be subjected to punishments for the abuses they have suffered.Contin…. we convert our outrage into action. has called for a global push to end this injustice and provide women and girls with the security.  “This year on International Women’s Day.

women and men. “ONE WOMAN”  From China to Costa Rica. from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians. have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman". . a song to be launched on 8 March 2013.

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