International Women’s Day in Guinea-Bissau is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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The most visible sign of the celebration of International Women’s Day, on 8 March, in Guinea-Bissau, is the annual women’s march. Women, and some men too, mass and march in protest of perceived “hostility“ of the government against women and their rights.
There are also special events promoting women’s equality held all over the country, along with intense media awareness campaigns on television, radio, and online. There is much attention given to human rights, poverty, lack of healthcare, and social issues affecting women.
Although the background of Women’s Day was the 1857 protest in New York City on 8 March, which led to the formation of labour unions dominated by women to fight for better wages and working conditions, the meaning of the day has broadened over time. And there are now more than two dozen countries where it is a national holiday, besides being a UN observance.
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