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Women's Day is an international women's holiday celebrated every year on 8 March in around 100 countries, including Slovenia.

Women's Day is a day celebrating women's economic, political and social equality and achievements | Author Domen Groegl/STA

Ahead of this year's Women's Day, a number of warnings have been voiced that women's rights are being eroded around the world, with particular attention being paid to the issue of violence against women. The United Nations has chosen innovation and technology in the digital age as the central theme for this year's International Women’s Day, as these developments must also include women.

The government of Dr Robert Golob will continue to work to improve the situation of women in these and other areas. It will strive to ensure that women are respected and heard, that their opinions are taken into account, and that they are paid the same as men for their work.

In her Women's Day message, the Minister of Culture Asta Vrečko emphasised that Women's Day should remind everyone that rights, solidarity and equality are not a given, but something to be pursued every day. She pointed out that "we still face inequalities in working conditions, domestic violence, femicide and the oppression of difference or otherness". But she also stressed that we are living in a very important historical moment, when more and more people are speaking out against oppression, violence and abuse, including in the field of culture, and increasing numbers of people are coming together to build a community of solidarity.

The Women's Lobby of Slovenia cites the gender pay gap, unequal treatment of men and women in the labour market, and the fact that women are more likely than men to be employed in lower-paid jobs and in lower-paid sectors among the main problems facing women in Slovenia. One of the key problems is reconciling women's professional, family and private lives.

Ahead of International Women's Day, the Ombudsman Peter Svetina has also highlighted the fact that women still dominate the lower-paid sectors of the labour market and that they are under-represented in management positions. He has thus called for the adoption of concrete measures to strengthen gender equality, as research shows that Slovenia is still far from achieving this in society.

Slovenian women who are an inspiration to us. On 8 March, Women’s Day, we would like to present Živa Ploj Peršuh, Rosana Kolar, Damijana Gustinčič and Milena Zupančič. More you can read at

According to data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 1,049,485 women lived in Slovenia at the beginning of 2022, which was 49.8% of the total population. Dear women, Happy Women's Day!