Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Women’s Day

“Women are born free and remain equal to men in rights.” Today, Article 1 of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written in 1791 by Olympe de Gouges, seems to us to state the obvious, but at the time of its publication, this message of justice, dignity and equality was still far from being the common opinion.Since then, the cause of equality has made significant progress – particularly in recent years. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, whose 25th anniversary we are celebrating this year, was a catalyst for many initiatives in this regard.
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