Today is International Women's Day: the Date's History and Mission

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It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

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March 8th is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout history.

Women play an important role in the development and progress of our respective communities and the nation as a whole; however their contribution is often not fully recognised due to the unequal gendered power structures that permeate through the fabric of our society often discriminating against women. "As we still live in a male-dominated world with male-dominated culture and until power is fairly shared, the world will remain out of balance".

"The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit".

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"This is what women and girls want".

"These companies are driving positive change in their workplaces and literally shining a spotlight on the need for all of us to do more because they recognize that progress for women is progress for everyone", Deborah Gillis, president and CEO of Catalyst, said in a statement.

He pointed out that United Nations had now reached gender parity for the first time in his senior management team, adding "I am determined to achieve this throughout the Organisation".

In her message for the Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women explained that this year's theme captured the life of the women activists whose passion and commitment had brought change over generations and won women's rights.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to implement 25 recommendations from its Gender Equality Review Project which aims to promote non-discrimination and greater participation by women across all aspects of sport, it said on Thursday.

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