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The first National Women’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909, in the United States, as part of the initiative of the American Socialist Party, which chose this date to commemorate the suffrage of millions of New Yorkers who had been relegated to better working conditions the previous year.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world…On March 8, 1917, women demonstrated in Saint Petersburg, Russia to demand the end of the war. To commemorate this event, the Second International Conference of Communist Women in Moscow in 1921 declared March 8 to be International Workers’ Day.
The United Nations began commemorating the holiday in 1975, which was International Women’s Year, and its General Assembly officially recognized the day two years later.

Achieving gender equality and women’s well-being in all aspects of life is more crucial than ever if we want to create prosperous economies and a healthy planet. However, we are facing a key challenge: the alarming $360 billion annual deficit in gender-equality measures by 2030.
Here are five key areas needing joint action:
– Investing in women, a human rights issue: Time is running out. Gender equality is the greatest human rights challenge, benefiting everyone.
– Ending poverty: Due to the COVID pandemic and conflicts, 75 million more people have fallen into severe poverty since 2020. Immediate action is crucial to prevent over 342 million women and girls living in poverty by 2030.
– Implementing gender-responsive financing: Conflicts and rising prices may lead 75% of countries to cut public spending by 2025, negatively impacting women and their essential services.
– Shifting to a green economy and care society: The current economic system disproportionately affects women. Advocates propose a shift to a green economy and care society to amplify women’s voices.
– Supporting feminist change-makers: Despite leading efforts, feminist organizations receive only 0.13% of official development assistance.
The Official UN International Women’s Day commemoration will be held in the ECOSOC Chamber and live streamed on 8 March 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am EST.
International Women’s Day is an official holiday in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Ukraine, Russia and Cuba, the only one in the Americas.

Fratelli Tutti speaks to the role of women in society and the Church.
In his Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis clearly states that “the organization of societies worldwide is still far from reflecting that women possess the same dignity and identical rights as men. We say one thing with words, but our decisions and reality tell another story. Indeed, ‘doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment, and violence since they are frequently less able to defend their rights.’” (23) We are called to rethink our lifestyles, our relationships, the organization of our societies and, above all, the meaning of our existence. (FT 33) Hope is capable of looking beyond convenience and opening us up to grand ideals. (FT 55)









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