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International Women's Day

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International Women's Day

6 March 2009

International Women's Day is on Sunday, March 8. We would like to note that in situations of forced displacement, no one is spared from deprivation and the threat of violence but women and girls suffer disproportionately. Violence, and particularly sexual and gender-based violence, is one of the defining characteristics of contemporary conflict. A fuller response to SGBV, therefore, remains one of UNHCR's top protection priorities. To mark International Women's Day, UNHCR has posted stories about women in Colombia and Kenya on our website and there will be activities in several refugee camps around the world to celebrate the day.