International Women’s Day 2007

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, 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. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.

International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

A debate is to be held in Paris, at the Arab World Institute on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8, 2007, focusing on the latest report from UNDP on human development in the Arab world entitled “Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World”(read)

More information :

- Women in French society today : Greater economic, social and political equality
- Women’s right (French ministry of foreign affairs website)
- International Women’s Day on the UN website
- Message of the Secretary-General

Last modified on 16/01/2009

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