Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

March 2011

Women clap to the music at an International Women's Day celebration, Haiti

March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD).

In honour of the centenary, WHO invited people all over the world to submit their opinions on the greatest achievements in women's health over the past century. Submissions from people in many countries around the world make up this photo story.

The photo story is not a chronological or comprehensive account of events, nor is it a listing of individuals. Rather, it highlights some achievements that have improved the lives and health of women and girls.

Looking forward, there are continued challenges and barriers that women and girls face in protecting their health. Concerted action to address these barriers will be critical to further progress.

Read the photo story

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