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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe on March 8 every year. The day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.
Unfortunately, across the globe, many women are still disadvantaged and discriminated against as a result of their gender. We know that in many countries women and girls are still less likely to receive a good education or proper healthcare and are more likely to be unemployed and to live in poverty.
Around the world, women continue to experience violence, especially at home. UN Women estimates that at least one in three women around the world has been beaten or abused in their lifetime.  Days such as IWD are not only a celebration of the improvements in women’s rights, but also a sobering reminder that life for some women is clouded by violence or inequality.
Recently, the department made some positive changes to further support women who are migrating to Australia as a partner but have been victims of family violence.  Under the new arrangements, applicants are able to provide a wider range of more accessible evidence, lessening the burden for this vulnerable group.
The department also offers visas to some of the world’s most vulnerable women through the woman at risk subclass as part of the humanitarian program. This visa gives women and their children who are in danger of victimisation, harassment or serious abuse because of their gender, a chance to migrate and participate in a strong society which values the safety, education and equality of women.

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The wave of change is here... I have been reading from last few days and things are becoming positive for women.