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    INTRODUCTION: A huge crowd turned out in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday (6 March) to celebrate International Women's Day.

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    INTRODUCTION: A huge crowd turned out in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday (6 March) to celebrate International Women's Day.

    SYNOPSIS: About 20,000 men and women attended the special celebration at Revolution Square. The programme began early in the morning when organizers entertained the crowds with songs.

    Women from all walks of life participated in the festivities including peasants, urban dwellers, hospital sanitation workers, members of the military factions, and nurses. Ethiopian women's associations also put on special displays and exhibitions to commemorate the occasion.

    The motto of the day was "oppressed women will defend the frontiers of the motherland". The Ethiopian second Vice-Chairman of the Military Council, Colonel Atnafu Abate addressed the rally.

    Soviet and Cuban women also delivered speeches underlining the need for the new generation of revolutionary women to continue their struggle.

    The past few years has seen many advances in the status of women in Ethiopia. Gradually women are learning to adopt their new roles in society and to relinquish their traditional beliefs. Campaigns have been stepped up recently in an attempt to educate women in the more remote areas of the country.

    Bands played both traditional and modern music as the crowds danced and chanted. Visiting Cultural troupes also put on open-air music performances.

    Women are also being encouraged to join the armed forces. Their presence is being welcomed in the light of recent reports indicating a considerable increase in guerrilla activity. Fighting occurred in the country's vast south eastern region, much of which is claimed by Somalia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA808U3UG7BRV622OW3XWQ0ZNOC
    Media URN:
    VLVA808U3UG7BRV622OW3XWQ0ZNOC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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