President Evo Morales offered women in his country his “deep admiration.” |
launched a new National Union for Women while Chile announced a new Women’s
women brought International Women’s Day to life Sunday with a range of
demonstrations, events and initiatives.
celebrated the day by founding the National Union of Women, to contribute and
fortify the country’s socialist ideals.
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special on International Women’s Day
“Today, 8 March,
the National Union of Women will be born, as the highest expression of feminist
force towards socialism,” President Nicolas announced via his official Twitter
Maduro called on Venezuelans to respect sexual diversity.
“No one should
hide who they are,” he said, during a special Congress for Women, attended by
8,000 women from around the country, including from the LGBTI community.
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In Ecuador, 100
graffiti artists from Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Ecuador contributed to
feminist murals to denounce abuses against women.
It follows Friday’s announcement of a deal between the government and the
UN to improve the lives of women.
artists adorned walls around El Condado golf club in Quito with messages like
“Your mother is a woman,” and “No more violence!”
The best four
works, determined by famous graffiti artist Alvaro Cordova will go on to paint
on part of Quito’s public transport. According to Cordova, the message of the
event is “The power of the woman to be free.”
in Chile took a step forward with the formation of the Ministry of Women and
ceremony marking the worldwide event, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said
that 51.8 percent of the country’s population were women, and that in every 10
homes, four had a woman as the head of the family.
Morales, the president of Bolivia, supported activities for International
Women’s Day and expressed his “deep admiration” for all women.
“Sisters, I want
to tell you that I feel a deep admiration for you, and I ought to recognize,
again, that you are the most honest and intelligent. For this reason, I trust in
you to continue walking towards a better life,” Morales said in a statement.
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the United Nations organized a march in New York through the streets of
Manhattan, to demand gender equality and respect for women’s rights.
mobilization, which ended up in iconic Times Square, called attention to the
discrimination that women continue to suffer across the globe.
General Ban Ki-moon attended the march as well as Liberian activist and Nobel
Peace Prize Winner, Leymah Roberta Gbowee and actor AnnaLynne McCord.