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International Women’s Day 2013

Each year on 8 March, we mark and celebrate International Women’s Day. It's a time to acknowledge the struggles and injustices women face, as well as celebrate their achievements.

The day is a time to reflect on the important achievements and advances made in the area of gender equality.

Tackling inequality

Concern Worldwide believes that we can’t address extreme poverty unless we tackle inequality. On International Women’s Day, we show our support to women and girls around the world who are still living their lives without the rights they should have. There’s still a lot of work to be done:

  • We still live in a world where only 15% of land titles are held by women
  • Women are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria
  • Women do up to ten times more care work than men

Our International Women’s Day video highlights the role of women in caring for their families, and shows the importance of giving women the same access to resources as men. Watch the video below:

Concern’s work with women

We are working to empower women in some of the world’s poorest countries. For information on how we’re helping women to improve their lives, you can read our International Women’s Day booklet, “Investing in Women, Strengthening Communities.” The case studies included show how some of the inspirational women we’ve worked with are lifting themselves and their communities out of poverty.

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