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International Women's Day: ARTICLE 19 reflects on the experiences of women who have stood up for free expression

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 8 March 2010 - International Women's Day: ARTICLE 19 affirms the rights of women with the right to free expression

ARTICLE 19 joins the global community on International Women's Day to celebrate the leadership and contribution of thousands of women around the world who strive for women's equality and empowerment through their daily work.

ARTICLE 19 reaffirms the importance of gender equality as a key component of the right to freedom of expression. As ARTICLE 19 Executive Director, Dr Agnes Callamard, states: "Women's voices are all too often silent in the media and other public spaces. Women must be heard and must be able to receive information on issues that affect them. Women journalists, activists, community leaders and others must be allowed and encouraged to articulate their views and tell their stores. They must be able to engage freely in their work, without fear of censorship, harassment or violence."

ARTICLE 19 here reflects the experiences of just a few women who have stood up for freedom of expression in some of the countries in which we work.

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