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Issue No.48
  • :0973-1156
  • :March
  • :2015

March 8, or International Women’s Day, is an occasion for women across the world to gather in solidarity to mark women’s ongoing struggles for equality, freedom, dignity and a violence-free life. For more than a hundred years, ever since the historic protests of New York’s garment workers forced the commemoration of this important day, March 8 has also been an occasion for women on their long road to freedom to take collective stock of gains made and setbacks suffered, and to plan ahead. As examples from across the world in this issue of Yemaya illustrate, so it is in the case of women in fishing and coastal communities, whose lives are a daily testament to the spirit of struggle and resilience underlying International Women’s Day.


Women 2000

By Ramya Rajagopalan (, Programme Associate, ICSF

The fifty-ninth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was held in New York from March 9-20, 2015. At this session, and in the context of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, a review and appraisal of the implementation of the outcomes of the Conference and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly was undertaken, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty- first century”. The Political Declaration of the session, while welcoming the progress made towards achieving gender equality, however expressed concern that progress had been slow and uneven and that major gaps and obstacles remained in the implementation of the twelve critical areas of concern of the Platform for Action. It committed to achieve measurable results by 2020 and to fully realize gender equality, the empowerment of women and the human rights of women and girls by 2030.

While the Political Declaration was a milestone for the UN Commission on the Status of Women,

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