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International Women’s Day

Global Women's Project | Mon, Feb 23, 2009

Every year, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. We use this day to celebrate the achievements of women as well as to highlight some of the challenges women face. It serves as an opportune times to get women’s interests on the agenda of our families, communities and governments alike. Thousands of women’s groups around the world plan activities, lobby, and educate to commemorate this day.

Every year, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day.  We use this day to celebrate the achievements of women as well as to highlight some of the challenges women face.  It serves as an opportune times to get women’s interests on the agenda of our families, communities and governments alike.  Thousands of women’s groups around the world plan activities, lobby, and educate to commemorate this day. 

The Global Theme for this year’s celebration is “Women and men united to end violence against women and girls” which highlights the need for of all members of society to challenge the household and systemic injustices that lead to violence against women and make it difficult for women to leave abusive relationships.  Here at Center of Concern, we do so by highlighting economic injustices.  The prevalence of violence against women has been linked to lower socio-economic status, economic insecurity, lack of education, and gender inequality - all of which are exacerbated by economic policies that place the quest for profit over the just distribution of wealth and benefits and authentic human development.  The Global Women’s Project has been working for over 20 years to urge our leaders, local and global, to promote the economic needs of women which helps in breaking cycles of vulnerability and violence.

There are 90 events registered for the US.  Visit the official International Women’s Day 2009 website to participate in an event near you. 

The Sisters of Mercy will hold a prayer service on March 8th.  Please find information for this event here.

Please also join in urging Congress to pass two important pieces of legislation