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International Women's Day, 8 March 2011

Slideshow Photos

Two young mothers learning to write in a literacy class, India 1979.

Two young mothers learning to write in a literacy class, India 1979. UN Photo

MONUC educating women electorate ahead of the second round of elections, Democratic Republic of the Congo October 2006.

MONUC educating women electorate ahead of the second round of elections, Democratic Republic of the Congo October 2006. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits education project for girls, Giza Egypt 2007.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits education project for girls, Giza Egypt 2007. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Young Afghan girl attends a UNICEF-supported school, Nangarhar 2008.

Young Afghan girl attends a UNICEF-supported school, Nangarhar 2008. UN Photo/Roger Lemoyne

Afghan women participate in Free and Quality Education launch, Bamyan June 2009.

Afghan women participate in Free and Quality Education launch, Bamyan June 2009. UN Photo/UNAMA

Girl at school in Bangladesh.

Girl at school in Bangladesh. UNESCO/GMR Akash