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International Women’s Day 2011

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Women across the globe were today saluted for their hard work, dedication and commitment towards their own development, families and countries over the past 100 years. In Guyana, women were also lauded for their continuous struggle for equal rights in every stratum of society.

The day –International Women’s day, also served as a timely reminder that women not only in Guyana but the world over need to continue to lead the way in pursuit of their collective interests and aspirations.

Addressing women at a one day seminar today and lamenting on the issue of domestic violence, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said that he is saddened at the alarming number of women who die as a result of domestic abuse in the country. The Prime Minister however noted that his groundings informed his appreciation of the struggles of women through the years.

One of the women admired in this country for her dedication and commitment to the development and empowerment of women and girls over the years is Magda Pollard who on the occasion was awarded. Pollard presently sits as a commissioner on the Women and Gender Equality Commission.

The history of International Women’s Day marks an extraordinary historical struggle by ordinary women against the burden of oppression and discrimination. In 1908, fifteen thousand women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights which ultimately led to the first National Women’s Day celebration in 1909.

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