International Women's Day, 8th March 2004

Click here to visit International Women's Day WebsiteInternational 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.
The following are some websites which provide information on International Women's Day and on issues of particular relevance to women.

Irish Countrywomen's Association
Ireland's largest organisation for women provides information on its origins and work, opportunities for members to make new friends, discover new interests and discuss matters of mutual concern.

The 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

United 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.
The 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.

Women's 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.

International 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.
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.

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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