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Happy International Women's Day from UN House Scotland!

Photograph by: UN Women Africa

Every year March 8th recognises International Women's Day, where the history of women's rights movements are remembered whilst raising awareness for modern campaigns.

"International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political"

- United Nations

To celebrate the date, we've asked some of our interns what International Women's Day means to them:

International Women’s Day makes my achievements feel recognised!

- Aoife Fisher

"International Women's Day is a day where women from every race, ethnicity, religions, groups, countries worldwide come together to celebrate achievements, impacts and equality of women. It has nothing to do with the declaration of which gender is best or right, rather it is a day to call out discrimination, respect and value every valid effort women are putting in place to advance women equality all over the world". I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN!

- Gloria Onyejiaku

International Women’s Day serves to commemorate the perpetual fight for gender equality in spite of all opposition, it is a remembrance of the strength and capacity of women.

- Gwen Ha

International women's day is a reminder to us all of the importance of the plight of women to overcome the barriers we still face today. Despite massive strides being taken towards achieving women's liberation, we see today how easily these wins can be taken away. Many countries are denying women the right to an abortion, incel terrorism is on the rise, femicide and violence against women continues to be unaddressed. Only when women are at the heart of leadership, our world can become more compassionate, peaceful and better placed to address the issues of the day.
International Women’s Day serves as an opportunity to remind us as women that we should lift each other up and celebrate ourselves!

- Teah Zdanowicz

In our continued dedication to champion women's rights, you can view our Women's Organisations In Scotland Database which has been published in celebration of International Women's Day.

If you would like to contribute to the Research Papers Blog, pitches are currently being accepted around the monthly theme of women's rights. You can access more information here.

To read the full UN article, click here.

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