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Happy International Women's Day: a lot is still to be done in favor of women

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International Women's Day, in honor of Working Women, commemorates the struggle that females have fought over time to demand equality and respect for their participation in society.

March 8 became what it is today thanks to a resolution by the United Nations (UN) in 1975; although in the past, from March 19, 1911, countries like Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland already commemorated it.

The first document subscribed at an international level on the rights of women about equality compared to man, dates from the mid-40s and is represented by the signing of the UN letter. Since then, the UN has been working tirelessly to create, promote and support rules, programs and goals that improve the condition of women in the world.

There are societies where women’s rights are broader than others. There are nations where even for religious and cultural issues, they are considered or attributes lower qualities than men. The growth of women’s role of has been diversifying and obviously the policy has not been the exception.

Regardless of the qualities, potential, desire and the results obtained, the evaluations, projections and news are not always positive; and the UN continues to raise its voice in favor of defending these rights.

UN Women regretted that Latin America will be left without any woman in the position of president, since the only head of state that is currently in the region, the Chilean Michelle Bachelet, will leave power next Sunday.

Lara Blanco, Deputy Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean was emphatic in pointing out to EFE News that Latin America had "a moment in the region with four women presidents and this week we are going to lose the last of them".

Blanco recalled the time when Laura Chinchilla, Cristina Fernández and Dilma Rousseff, presidents of Costa Rica, Argentina and Brazil respectively, were presidents of their countries and all the weight that was placed on their shoulders and the swarm of criticism that they endured.

"It is also important to point out how much political violence has been exercised against these women, who held public office and led countries, and the scrutiny towards women is greater and we usually have to pay higher prices," said the director of UN Women.

At the global level, the list of women in charge of a country is still short compared to that of men, but they include: Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic, Erna Solberg from Norway, Nicola Sturgeon from Scotland, Helle Thorning-Schmidt from Denmark, Angela Merkel from Germany, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic from Croatia, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca from Malta, Atifete Jahjaga from Kosovo, Laimdota Straujuma from Latvia, Dalia Grybauskaite from Lithuania; Sheikh Hasina Wajed from Bangladesh and Park Geun-hye from South Korea.

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