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Women’s Day

All the team of the Alliance Française de Banjul, wish a great day to all the women!!!

International Women’s Day, also known as International Women’s Rights Day in countries such as France, is celebrated on March 8th.

This day comes from the history of feminist struggles on the European and American continents. On February 28, 1909, a "National Woman’s Day" is celebrated in the United States at the call of the Socialist Party of America. Following a proposal by Clara Zetkin in August 1910, the Socialist International Women celebrates the first "International Women’s Day" on March 19, 1911, and asserts women’s right to vote, the right to work and the end of discrimination at work. Since then, rallies and demonstrations take place every year.

It was not until 1977 that the United Nations formalized the day, inviting all countries of the world to celebrate a day for women’s rights. The "International Women’s Day" is one of the 87 international days recognized or introduced by the UN. It is a day of events around the world: an opportunity to take stock of the situation of women in society and to demand more equality. Traditionally, militant women’s groups and associations have been organizing protests around the world to bring their demands to fruition, improve the status of women, celebrate victories and progress.