Today is International Women's Day: the Date's History and Mission

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"And so the time is now to change it", said Guterres.

Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women's Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force.

Today we acknowledge the tremendous contribution of all our stakeholders, donors, United Nations agencies, foreign missions, non-government organisations, civil society and male champions for your commitment towards the realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of our Fijian women.

"Time for equality and opportunity, respect and equal representation". Around the world, women and girls are calling out the abusive behavior and discriminatory attitudes they face everywhere and all the time.

March 8 marks a special day for females all over the world: International Women's Day, which celebrates all the achievements women have made politically, economically, socially and more.

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Guterres declared that "gender inequality and discrimination against women harm us all", saying that gender equality "is not a favour to women", but a human rights issue in everyone's interests. "As we still live in a male-dominated world with male-dominated culture and until power is fairly shared, the world will remain out of balance".

"This is what women and girls want".

"Gender equality is the unfinished business of our time".

"These companies are driving positive change in their workplaces and literally shining a spotlight on the need for all of us to do more because they recognize that progress for women is progress for everyone", Deborah Gillis, president and CEO of Catalyst, said in a statement.

With the official theme of this year's IWD being Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives, and the unofficial theme being #PressForProgress, organizers are using the strength in numbers women have already shown in taking to the streets to march, and to social media to tell their stories of harassment and worse at the hands of powerful men.

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