March 8th was declared International Women’s Day by the United Nations in 1975, but the idea of an international day of women’s solidarity goes back to 1910, when women from fourteen countries meeting in Copenhagen heard a proposal from German socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin that an annual International Women’s Day be held in each country, allowing women to voice local as well as general demands.
By the 1980s, March 8th – International Women’s Day – had become a fixture in the Irish trade union calendar and has been used to highlight issues of particular concern to women. These range from the gender pay gap to the lack of accessible and affordable childcare, as well as many other issues affecting women in the 21st century. Click here to download a leaflet.
Unite represents a third of a million working women across industries and services in a wide range of jobs.
Unite welcomes progress on women’s equality that has been struggled for and achieved, but is concerned at continuing discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and violence against women, and the under-representation of women in leadership at all levels.
By joining Unite you too can get involved in achieving equality for the diversity of women of all ages.
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