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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Feleknas Uca has been awarded 7th Clara Zetkin Honorary Woman Prize awarded by the Germany’s Left Party.
The Left Party has been granting the prize to the women, who show high achievement in society and politics, since 2007 to stress political dimension of March 8 Women’s day.
The prize, which is given to the projects that are developed to fix women’s life conditions and to secure equality of women and men, aims to draw attention to the women who set forth their skills and determinations for a fairer society.
About Feleknas Uca
Feleknas Uca, born on September 17, 1976 is a Yazidi politician active in Germany and Turkey.
From 1999 to 2009, she was member of the European Parliament from Germany, serving with Die Linke. Feleknas Uca was at one time the world's only Yazidi parliamentarian until the Iraqi legislature was elected in 2005.
In June 2015, she was elected as an HDP MP representing Diyarbakır.
March 8 International Women's Day
In 1910, Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands.
The International Women’s Day started to be celebrated in the United States in the late 60s.
International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. (DG/ÇT/TK)