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Washington DC, March 8, 2011 -- Today is International Women's Day.  The Global Population and Environment Program honors this day each year -- and every day –- by supporting the rights, freedoms, and accomplishments of women around the world.   There are many ways that you can honor International Women's Day, including attending an event in your local community (like a bridge event), and supporting improved access to education, reproductive health services, economic development and more. We also invite you to participate online, by signing the million for a billion campaign petition.  Signing this petition helps urge Congress and other world leaders to make universal access to family planning and reproductive health services a reality. There are over 215 million women who lack access to family planning around the world. Ensuring access to voluntary family planning is the best way to give women choices about the timing and spacing of their births, which has been proven to result in healthier children, families, communities, and a healthier planet.

International Women's Day began in 1911, notably at a time of increased population growth, industrialization and polarizing inequities. As we mark the 100 year anniversary of this celebration -- in the year when our world’s population will reach 7 billion -- we reflect on the significant achievements women have made and acknowledge the principal role that women and girls will play in the future of our changing world.

Take Action!On March 8, the Senate is slated to vote on H.R. 1, a bill that blatantly attacks the rights of women around the world.  Contact your Senator today and tell them to vote against H.R.1 and stand with women on International Women’s Day.  

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