"In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions."
"We must stop the habitual and socially ingrained violence that mars lives, destroys health, perpetuates poverty and prevents us from achieving women's equality and empowerment.... In some countries, as many as one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Women and girls are also systematically and deliberately subject to rape and sexual violence in war."
Eve Ensler and V-Day.org have been working for ten years to stop systemic femicide. The V-Men column is a series of stories and writings on violence against women and girls from the perspective of fathers, brothers and sons. Meryl Ann Butler wrote about the Los Angeles tour stop of Turning Pain to Power. Including an interview with Eve Ensler, Marianne Schnall also covers the tour. My own video report of the Atlanta tour stop has now been posted.