Saturday, 8 March 2008

Rally marks International Women's Day

A rally to celebrate International Women's Day is taking place in Sydney's Hyde Park.

The gathering commemorates 100 years since women first marched in the streets of New York, calling for better working conditions and equal opportunities.

Today's events aim to recognise the continuing struggle of women for equal pay and paid maternity leave, as well as highlighting the contribution made by women in volunteer and unpaid work.

New South Wales Minister for Women Verity Firth says while there are still issues that need to be addressed, it's also important for women to celebrate.

"It really is just I suppose a way of expressing solidarity of the sisterhood, a way of getting together and saying we've come a long way, there's still more things to do," she said.

"It's a celebration essentially of the talents, generosity and achievements of women in our state."

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