Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day

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Today marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. International Women’s day is a global celebration of women. Recognized differently all over the world, in general it celebrates of respect, appreciation and love towards women for causes and achievements from the past, present and future, and acts as a reminder to the world that even in so called ‘modern society’ there is still much work to do to to provide equal status to women.

As well as the inequalities which exist in the developed world, a key aim for International Women’s Day is to highlight the plight of women in areas affected by poverty, war and oppression. Events are taking place in countries as far apart as Rwanda, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. Historically, women have united to show strength and demand equality in diverse societies from Ancient Greece to Revolutionary France, and around the turn of the 20th Century a National Womens Day was declared in the US for the first time. In March 1911 the first International Women’s Day rallies were attended by more than 1 million people in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

Maps101 celebrates great female contributions to politics, the media, sports, medicine, civil rights and more.  We have dedicated a special content sectionto the great women of Science, Culture, Politics and Sports in Maps101.  Use our new interactive Women’s History Map to view significant locations, with links to biographies and information on these amazing people.  Search ‘Women’s History’ in the search box or click the special Women’s History Month icon on the homepage.

Today, you can join women on bridges around the world — to show your support for women’s causes and celebrate women’s achievements.  You can join existing events shown on the map below or create your own event by clicking here.

Attend a bridge event, or check in virtually

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Watch this video to learn more about Women for Women International and women on the bridges event all over the world.
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Why should we bring special attention to women?

Here are some women’s statistics from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:

  • 75% of all women cannot get bank loans because they have unpaid or insecure jobs and lack property ownership rights. Women are also 21% less likely than men even to own a mobile phone and therefore to have similar communication possibilities.
  • Women perform two-thirds of the world’s work and produce half the world’s food, but earn just 10% of the income and own 1% of the property.
  • Women constitute two-thirds of the world’s ~800 million illiterate adults (aged 15 and over).
  • Only 28 countries have achieved the 30% target set in the early 1990s for women in decision-making positions. Worldwide, women are paid 17% less, and have less employment security than men.
  • 99% of maternal deaths are preventable, but every minute a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes. Worldwide, young women (15 – 24) are 1.6 times as likely as young men to be HIV positive.
  • The abuse of women and girls is endemic around the world. One in three women will be affected by abuse in her lifetime.

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