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08.03.06
International Women's Day 2006: still fighting for fairness

Wednesday 8 March will see millions of women around the world from Alaska to Zambia celebrate International Women's Day.

The first women's rights mass meeting was held in 1908. Since then, 8 March has been recognised as the official global day to honour the achievements of women past and present.

All over the world, women earn 20 to 50 percent less than men and in every country unemployment is higher for women than men. Global statistics show that women are more likely to be victims of poor safety standards at work, yet are least likely to file complaints or take time off.

Dr Glenda Stone, CEO of global women's organisation Aurora who provides the worldwide register of IWD events at www.internationalwomensday.com said: "Women's equality has come a long way but the world should not become complacent. Many companies and countries still treat women unfairly. Thankfully worldwide interest in International Women's Day is increasing annually, not declining, and this indicates that women are not giving up on the fight for equality."

But it is not only women's groups around the world who take the day seriously. Major corporations, governments and educational institutions also celebrate the day.

Aurora, in association with HSBC, will host the UK International Women's Day Breakfast at the Savoy in London on Wednesday 8 March.

Many local events will occur throughout the UK on Wednesday, including the Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards, a Scottish Parliament women's reception, and the Funny Women Stand Up Comedy Show.

For further information about the Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards please contact Sue Wolstenholme of Ashley Public Relations on 01579 370991 or email: sue@ashley-pr.co.uk.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, is a judge for the Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards.

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Editor's notes:

Aurora is a global organisation that works for the economic advancement for women and provides gender management software to industry. Aurora also provides a women focused jobsite www.WhereWomenWantToWork.com. For more information see www.auroravoice.com.

About International Women's Day: For a full history of IWD see www.internationalwomensday.com.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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