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Federica Mogherini discussed developments in Syria with members of the European Parliament, during today's plenary session in Strasbourg. She highlighted that, although the war is still on, the first cessation of hostilities in five years is taking place, and humanitarian aid is being delivered to tens of thousands inside the country. The truce and the humanitarian relief can facilitate UN-led intra-Syrian peace negotiations, which are due to resume in Geneva in the coming days.

 

"Today we celebrate women. We celebrate their role in society, at work, in our families and lives. We also remember their suffering, hardship and injustice, which for many is still a reality today." This was the first message in a joint statement issued today by Federica Mogherini together with other European Commissioners to mark the occasion of International Women's Day. The Commissioners stressed that "we must promote gender equality not just today, on International Women's Day, but every day."

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The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Zimbabwe. Today, 9 March 2016, marks the one year anniversary since the abduction of human rights defender and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara.The EU Delegation is deeply disappointed at the lack of progress in this case. The fate of Itai Dzamara remains unknown and those responsible for his abduction have yet to face justice.

Les femmes sont actives et réactives, elles s’investissent pour leur pays. Leurs efforts méritent d’être encouragés et promus.

Общество, в котором женщины пользуются теми же правами, что и мужчины, это не просто справедливое, но еще и безопасное и богатое общество. Если у женщин нет доступа к хорошему образованию или к работе, мы теряем их огромный потенциал, и это обедняет нас всех.

"Je pense que les femmes jouent déjà un rôle très important dans la société comorienne. Il y a par exemple beaucoup de femmes cadres que ce soit au niveau privé que public. Cependant, des progrès restent à réaliser dans certain domaine comme la politique, les femmes comoriennes sont très peu représentées dans le domaine de la prise de décision nationale, et ce n’est pourtant pas l’intelligence qui manque".

Today we celebrate women. We celebrate their role in society, at work, in our families and lives. We also remember their suffering, hardship and injustice, which for many is still a reality today. It is also true that we must promote gender equality not just today, on International Women's Day, but every day.

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