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100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
March 8, 2010

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women from past to present. Around the world thousands of speeches, tributes, events, parties, and even holidays are under way to celebrate and inspire women.

International Women’s Day puts women and girls on the global agenda, shining a light on a multitude of gender issues linked to poverty, health care, protection, and education.

Shine a light

Worldwide there are still 60 million girls who are denied access to primary school – and of the estimated 774 million illiterate adults, two-thirds are women.

Plan knows investing in girls has a powerful impact. Literate women raise healthier, educated children. Investing in girls' education worldwide is the first step to helping women and girls become agents of change who will lead their families, communities and nations on a path out of poverty.

Join the 'Because I am a Girl' campaign

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day by joining the Because I am a Girl campaign and adding your voice to efforts to stop child marriage. Give more girls the opportunity to get an education and build a better future.