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Applauding all those striking across the world this International Women’s Day, Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director and women’s rights leader said:

“Women and girls across the world are uniting today to say enough is enough to being treated as inferior to men and boys. Every day, in every country, women and girls experience violence, discrimination and injustice.’’

One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. This shocking figure doesn’t include financial or psychological abuse. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 12 women are killed every day just because they are women. It is a crisis we will no longer allow to be ignored.

60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. We are locked out of peace talks despite women often bearing the brunt of wars. Meanwhile, childcare is seen as a woman’s job, but it is a social responsibility and should be shared.

Women and girls must be able to access the full range of their fundamental human rights – the sooner the world realizes this, the sooner we can end poverty

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