Women's Day (8th March) is marked by women's groups around the world.
This date is also recognised and commemorated at the United Nations
and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. Women around
the world, and from all social, economic and political backgrounds,
come together to celebrate their Day, continuing a tradition that represents
at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
Irish Countrywomen's Association
National Women's Council of Ireland website provides information on the
NWCI, whose "vision is the creation of a society where women can
participate equally in all aspects of social and economic life".
NWCI has 300,000 members and 158 women's organizations are affiliated
to it. The site provides links to many of these organizations and groups
Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The U.N. agency UNIFEM works
for the empowerment of women and gender equality. Their website gives details
of their work in all parts of the world and provides, under Resources, a
comprehensive reading list of materials which deal with women's issues.
Women's Health Council of Ireland website provides information on women's
and family health issues and gives the opportunity to subscribe to their
free monthly newsletter. It also provides links to other sites which deal
with health information sources and reproductive health.
Aid Online is the website of Women's Aid, a voluntary organisation which
provides support and information to women and their children who are being
abused in their home.
Amnesty International Irish Section's website contains details of Amnesty's "Gathering on the Green" for International Women's Day 2003. http://www.amnesty.ie/
Women's Day site gives details of events to be held to mark I.W.D.
|The United Nations (UNECE's) Gender Statistics Website Europe and North America provides a wealth of gender related information which is used in policy making by the U.N. and other bodies. Subjects addressed include population, families and households, work, education and health. http://www.unece.org/stats/gender/web/|
|Women Watch is a U.N. interagency website which brings together all strands of the U.N. system which have a focus on gender equality issues and supports implementation of the Beijing Platform for action. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/||The
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) website gives particular
attention to the plight of refugee women and girls who comprise approximately
50% of any refugee population and who are particularly vulnerable. The site
focuses on raising awareness on refugee and humanitarian issues.
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