International Women's Day: We are #GenerationEquality

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. Watch this video from UN Women to find out more about the fight for gender equality.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.

Transcript

'Equal rights for women – now! Equal rights for women – now!'

What defines a generation?

'Climate justice!'

'Right now!'

Is it just about the year you were born? Or is there something more?

We may have lived through different decades, different circumstances, different countries, but we all share in the global, everyday push for our rights, for justice, for a world that is equal.

Perhaps what defines our generation isn't our age or our background but the line in the sand that we have drawn.

We take to the streets to speak out against discrimination and we work tirelessly behind the scenes. We stand up for peace.

'We are fed up with the war.'

And economic justice. We start with a statement and watch it become a movement. We have come a long way, but the fight isn't over, and our rights are still under assault.

It is time to take action. Let us be the wake-up call the world needs.

'The eyes of all future generations are upon you.'

Be the first, the youngest, the best. And then make sure no one is left behind.

When someone tries to silence you, raise up your voice.

'Let us wage a global struggle!'

Change everything or change just one thing – as long as you do something. Whether you're new to changing the world or have been in the fight for a long time, 'Each knows exactly why we are here.'

We are all together, united for gender equality. And the future we create for women and girls is up to all of us.

© UN Women

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Submitted by carolinaac on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 20:02

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In my country there are some manifestations where women go to the streets and claim their rights

Submitted by dev.verma09090 on Mon, 03/05/2021 - 15:21

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In India, Social Media crowded with Women's day wishes, Government used to offer free public transport for women.

Submitted by Fivecats on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 14:35

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In my country, it is one of the biggest memorable celebrations. Each year men present flowers and some gifts to delight all women. International Women's Day we celebrate with all family.
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