IWD is celebrated on March 8 every year to mark women's achievements and to appreciate their contribution to the society and the world. It was in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly asked member to observe IWD to heighten the awareness for women's rights and gender equality.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, in her women's day message has said, "Today we join the people of the world in celebration of the progress made for women?s rights, women?s empowerment and gender equality. We also acknowledge that progress has been slow, uneven and in some cases women and girls face new and more complex challenges."
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