8th March – International Women’s Day
International Women's Day became official after the United Nations in 1975 promoted the International Year of Women and proclaimed March 8 as International Women's Day in 1977 to celebrate social, political and economic achievements achieved by women after various demonstrations and the struggle for gender equality.
In Angola, the date is celebrated throughout the country as a national holiday, where several lectures and conferences are held on the evolution of the role of women in Angolan society, along with cultural, recreational and sports initiatives.
Ruth Mixinge, Secretary of State for the Family and Promotion of Angolan Women, said at the 72nd regular Session of the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, was held in Geneva, that the Angolan Government has been consolidating the consultative bodies for social consultation and to monitor the implementation of legislative and political measures, strengthening the articulation of the social response to women and the protection of their rights. Programs are also being developed to promote gender and empower women, enhance family and strengthen family skills, support for victims of gender-based violence, and economic and productive structuring of communities.