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International Women’s Day: March 8

International Women’s Day (IWD) began as a political movement in the United States and Europe. The first IWD was spearheaded by the Socialist Party of America and was celebrated in the U.S. on February 28, 1909. Over the years, the day evolved and gained global importance. Today, it is a national holiday in many countries and has been celebrated annually by the United Nations since 1975. This year, the theme of IWD is “Make it Happen,” which is meant to encourage effective action for recognizing and advancing women.

International Women’s Day: March 8

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While much has changed in the 106 years since the first IWD, there is still an immense amount of work to be done. There are currently only ten women worldwide serving as heads of state and fifteen serving as heads of government. Women continue to participate in labor markets on an unequal basis with men. In 2013, the male employment-to-population ratio was 72.2 percent while the ratio for females was 47.1 percent. And, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their eighteenth birthday. Read More

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Hands for Peacemaking Foundation

feb2015-featured-org-1-350pxwSanta Cruz Barillas is a city in the mountainous region of Huehuetenango in western Guatemala, close to the Mexican border. Agriculture is the largest source of revenue in Barillas, and the average worker makes between $3.50 and $6.00 per day. Although high levels of poverty plague the area, it is also rich in biological and ethnic diversity. Most of the people living in Barillas are Maya and speak the Mayan dialect called Q’anjob’al or Kanjobal. In the entire country, a total of 22 different Mayan dialects are spoken. Read More

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An Adventure With A Cause: PhotoPhilanthropy with Landesa in India

A small group of world-class photographers set out to capture images of some of Global Washington member Landesa’s projects in India.

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