Today, along with the International Republican Institute and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, we celebrate those who are working relentlessly to support women in claiming their rights and realizing their voice, agency and action.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to transform the momentum for women’s rights, equality and justice into action. This year, the United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day is: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.” On this important day of activism, we stand together to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, civil society leaders, activists and elected officials.

Please tweet and explain why equality matters for democracy.

Test your knowledge about rural women.

Answer 1: Rural women make up 25 percent of the world population.

Answer 2: Only 20 percent of landowners are women globally.

Answer 3: Women make up 40 percent of members of decision-making bodies or management committees for community infrastructure.

International Women's Day

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NDI's work upholds the idea that democracy is a human right – a principle enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it's a human right that many around the world still struggle to attain. You can be part of the solution. Join the movement for democracy. To learn more about our work with women  visit our gender and democracy page.

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