Thursday, March 09, 2006

Thousands of women throughout the world march for their rights

Havana. March 9, 2006
Thousands of women throughout the world march for their rights

CARACAS, March 8—Thousands of Venezuelan women led an impressive march here today, ending with a rally in front of the U.S. embassy, where they delivered a document containing the signatures of more than 2 million people opposed to U.S. militarist policies.

Arriving from all parts of the country, demonstrators held aloft the national flag, photos of President Hugo Chávez, and placards that read: “Imperialism out of Iraq” and “We Women Demand Peace.”

(Mariela Pérez Valenzuela – Special Correspondent)


Throughout the world, International Women’s Day was celebrated with large demonstrations, many noting the differences that continue to exist between the genders in society and in employment, where it is necessary to strengthen the presence of women in decision-making.

All types of events took place in many different parts of the world to mark the date, first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.


The day took on special importance in Bolivia, after a third woman was designated among the candidates for a Constituent Assembly to be elected in July, according to PL, reporting from La Paz.

Women’s organizations have expressed their satisfaction with that advance, although they are demanding full equality, with 50% of the seats.


Meanwhile, the AFP reports that the armed conflict in Colombia, worsened by U.S. intervention, has caused the internal displacement of more than one million women, representing more than half of all those displaced for that reason, according to a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

In Paraguay, central activities to mark International Women’s Day included a march in Asunción, the capital, and a seminar on the status of women in the context of deeper inequalities, PL reported.

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