On March 8, 2003, which is recognized as International Women's Day, several Palestinian women's organizations released a public statement, in which they declared: "Looking towards the eighth of March, we, Palestinian women, stand defiantly over the graves of our innocent martyrs and children, challenging the violations of human rights practiced against our people daily." Later the statement goes on to say: "[W]e raise our voices loudly, as one people, demanding from international society to provide international protection for our people, living, dying and existing under occupation. We demand a halt to all forms of war crimes and violations of our human rights which we face daily. We call upon our civil society partners to build a feminist agenda as an integral part of their programs for the sake of a just society in which all are equal without discrimination or abuse."
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