Thousands in UK March Ahead of Int'l Women's Day

She said: "International Women's Day is a time to celebrate the progress we have made in improving gender equality for women, and to pay tribute to those who worked tirelessly to make these advances possible".

The first women's day was observed in February 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of NY demanding improved pay, shorter hours and voting rights.

The Anniversary coincides with International Women's Day and the 100th anniversary for women's suffrage in Ireland.

In 1910, Clara Zetkin of the "women's office" for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, became the first person to table the idea of an International Women's Day. Over the next few years, more countries in Europe marked the holiday on March 8.

In 2014, the then home secretary Theresa May unveiled the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme to coincide with International Women's Day. In Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Sudan women and young girls are used as weapons of war by some national armies and rebel or militant groups. Purple signifies justice and dignity and green symbolises hope.

"It is unacceptable for women to face abuse, violence and injustice just due to their gender".

The event is set to take place in the city centre to celebrate International Women's Day tomorrow.

The event will take place 3pm-5pm, Arás Moyola, Lecture Theatre MY243. Under this year's theme, "Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives", events around the world will capture the vibrant work of activists and their mobilization for change.

In 2018 as we #PressforProgress, we advocate for a continental consciousness that limits the cultural and societal norms which impede on the success and advancement of women.

The same "over-estimate" is apparent in the USA, where people think women will be paid equally with men by 2028, whereas the current rate of progress suggests the gap won't be closed until 2059. A strong call to #PressforProgress.

It's you who are making the difference in so many lives - And I am one of them. The United Nations adopted the occasion in 1975.

Download the social media package here, and for more news, assets and stories, visit UN Women's editorial, In Focus: International Women's Day. A number of second and third year UL students involved in J&J's WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design) programme will be presented with awards at the conference.

  • Leroy Wright