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Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 International Woman's Day

Today is International Women's Day - March 8th, 2016.

You may have noticed that there are a lot of International "Day"s popping up: "National Frozen Foods Day" was on Sunday, and later this month there's an International Goof Off Day.

International Women's Day isn't an arbitrary "Day" invented in the age of the internet to spark funny conversations on Facebook. It was founded more than 100 years ago to celebrate the battles on the forefront of gender equality.

At the time, garment workers in the United States were striking for fair wages, and women in dozens of countries were fighting for the right to vote or hold public office. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations on International Women's Day.

Today, the fight for women's rights looks different – in huge part because we've come so far. But make no mistake, there is progress we have yet to make. Women are still facing discrimination throughout the world, and in different cultures those fights look different.

Please join All the Worlds Children us in celebrating International Women's Day by first taking a moment to appreciate how far we've come, and how many women have fought tooth and nail to secure the rights that we have today. Then join us to build on those victories by adding your 'Liking and Sharing" one or more of these campaigns - or start your own WCPM campaign to push for women's rights in an area you didn't see represented here.

Thank you for all that you do, to defend and advance women's rights around the world.

Ambassador Renate Jakupca, David Jakupca, Baba Brohi, Pakistan Peace Emissary , Robin Anne and the WCPM Team

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