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International Women's Day 2011

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). The Australian theme for International Women's Day 2011 is 'Celebrating 100 Years'. WHGNE have supported IWD events around the Hume region. Below is the speech by Executive Officer Susie Reid to the Wangaratta Celebration.


History of International Women's Day

International Women's Day was first celebrated in 1911 having been proposed a year earlier at the International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen.

Every year since, organisations and individuals across the world have recognised the achievements of women and their contribution to society on 8 March - International Women's Day.

On this day, women can celebrate the progress that has been made but also contemplate those areas of women's lives where more can be done.

Women's access to education, health care and paid labour has improved, and many countries have adopted legislation that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their human rights.

Despite this, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men. Until we all work together to achieve gender equality and secure the rights and full potential of women, lasting solutions to social, economic and political problems are unlikely to be found.

On International Women's Day, like any other day, women around the world will suffer as victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and discrimination. In war, women will be raped, families will be shattered and many remain, displaced, in refugee camps.

We need to see changes that transform relationships between women and men so women will be able to reach their social, financial, political and personal potential.