Catching up on gender inequality

  • 2010-03-05
  • Helsinki Times

IN COUNTRIES around the world 8 March is marked as International Women's Day (IWD). Officially endorsed by the United Nations, IWD is an annual global celebration of women's rights and social, political and economic development, but also a reminder of ongoing struggles for equality.

In Finland the day is marked by observances held by NGOs and official bodies, and it is the main event of the spring season for the Finnish chapter of Unifem, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Besides an annual Unifem Women's Day event held at the University of Helsinki and various local observances around the country, this year a special drive is held to raise funds to help women in disaster-stricken Haiti.

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