International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements regardless their nationality, ethnicity, social and political class. International Women's Day was a nourished thought of those participating in the labour unions movements at the turn of the twentieth century, particularly in North America and across Europe.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has acquired a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped with the commemoration of a rallying point in order to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
Much progress has been made lately to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times. However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men, according to the UN. The majority of the world's 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of abuse, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.
The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped not only to create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals, but also to advance the status of women worldwide.
Where there is great love, there are always great miracles.
~ Mother Teresa ~
Text adapted from http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day