8 March – International Women’s Day

Work and family Each year, on 8 March, hundreds of International Women's Day events occur all around the world. The events range from small informal gatherings to large-scale highly organized events. All celebrate women's advancement and highlight the need for continued vigilance and action.

Nowadays, a global web of local events connects women from all around the world. There are political rallies, business conferences, government initiatives, networking, local women's craft markets, theatre performances, fashion parades and more.


In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, to be observed on any day of the year by Member States in accordance with their historical and national traditions. The United Nations has observed International Women's Day on 8 March since 1975. It is traditionally marked with a message from the Secretary-General.


The UN theme for 2009 is: “Women and men united to end violence against women and girls



The ILO has chosen a different but consistent theme to celebrate International Women’s Day: "Work and family: The way to care is to share!". This is also the slogan for March adopted by the “Gender equality at the heart of decent work” campaign for 2008-2009.


The ILO will celebrate International Women’s Day with a high-level panel discussion on work and family, opened by the Director-General and chaired by Executive Director Maria Angelica Ducci, with the possible participation of Minister Barry Bibata Niandou (Minister for Women's Promotion and Child Protection, Niger), Mr. David Loughman (Managing Director of A/S Norske Shell) and Ms. Neuza Barbosa de Lima (Head of the Women's Division of Força Sindical, Brazil), and a recorded statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile.


There will also be a video news release (VNR) for Paraguay's ratification of Convention No. 156 (Workers with Family Responsibilities).


As 8 March falls on a Sunday this year, the Turin Centre will celebrate International Women’s Day during the following week. In-house events will be announced directly to resident participants and colleagues.


Make every day International Women's Day.  Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding!


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