Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day 2011

Photo of the poster of the EP campaign: International Women's Day 2011.

International Women's Day 2011: "Let's make things happen"

The European Parliament will celebrate International Women's Day 2011 with a series of events to be held between the 3-8 March in Brussels and in Strasbourg. While celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women so far, the events are also meant to draw attention to the inequalities still to be redressed, including female poverty, differences in pay and access to jobs as well as maternity issues.

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8.   Events are scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.  In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month," calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges" on the eve of IWD.