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
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
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
For further information about the Cornwall Women of Achievement
Awards please contact Sue Wolstenholme of Ashley Public Relations
on 01579 370991 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
is a judge for the Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards.
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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