Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.Eleanor Roosevelt
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
The theme for 2009 is:
“Women and men united to end violence against women and girls”
Previous years and themes:
Investing in Women and Girls
Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
Women in decision-making
Gender Equality Beyond
Building a More Secure Future
Women and HIV/AIDS
Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
Women Uniting for Peace
World Free of Violence Against Women
Women and Human Rights
Women at the Peace Table
Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women? In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the General Assembly cited two reasons: to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the Day's symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.