George A. Papandreou (born June 16, 1952) is Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament and former President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 - November 11, 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections.

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Statement by the President of Socialist International, George A. Papandreou, for the International Women’s Day

«To achieve gender equality we must win battles every day of the year


The International Women’s Day is a contribution of the women’s movement historically associated with the Socialist International.

The first International Socialist Women’s Conference that took place in Stuttgart, Germany, on August 17, 1907, adopted a resolution on women’s right to vote, which was to become the starting point of an untiring struggle for women’s political rights. At the time, women had the right to vote only in New Zealand and Finland.

At the second conference, which took place in Copenhagen – Denmark, in 1910, a resolution was adopted to mark an International Women’s Day, as a day to campaign for the political emancipation of women and their right to vote.

Since then, women all over the world have achieved a lot. But it is not enough.

Women are still under-represented in most decision making bodies.

We must do more.

And it is very encouraging to see in many corners of the world the emergence of a new incredibly dynamic movement with women and men fighting for gender rights, equality and justice.

A gender balanced world matters to all those who care about human rights, for all those who care for a more equal, humane and sustainable society.


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