What Pope Francis Said About Women On International Women’s Day

Monday, 11 Mar, 2019

Formally, Women's Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1977, before which it was mostly celebrated in socialist and communist countries. Purple has in recent years been a signature color of women's rights protesters.

Gender equity is not just a woman's issue, it's a community issue.

I recognise the courage and determination of women worldwide who have launched powerful social movements and continued to dare to speak out about the violence they have suffered - #MeToo, #Ibelieveher, #NiUnaMenos, #cuentalo, #noustoutes, #balancetonporc and so many more.

As part of our commitment to celebrating the contribution of women to the University's development, several notable female pioneers from the University, past and present, were photographed as part of a University commission to mark the 2018 centenary of the first British women winning the right to vote.

Berlin is the first of Germany's 16 states to make International Women's Day a public holiday.

The organizers encourage women to host events that are "all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level".

Müller said equal pay for equal work has still not been achieved, adding that there is a 23 percent difference between men's and women's salaries. Gender-based violence is an everyday occurrence in Australia and is resulting in the death of women, men and children all too regularly.

The United States also stressed the importance of the fight for women's rights, and highlighted different initiatives taken to help. On this day every year, we celebrate the achievements made by women over the years in every field of human endeavour.

"Women make the world handsome, they protect it and keep it alive. They bring the grace of renewal, the embrace of inclusion, and the courage to give of oneself", the pope tweeted on Friday.

"Peace, then, is born of women, it arises and is rekindled by the tenderness of mothers". Both made statements against Friday's festivities with Partido Popular claiming that the event had been "politicized" and that leftist groups wanted "to monopolize this demonstration, looking to create division and conflict between men and women, and even between women of different ideologies". But since its last report in 2014, another 15 countries have adopted laws against domestic violence, meaning 132 countries criminalise it while 48 do not, it said.