A national holiday and celebrations took place in the Republic of Nauru in recognition of International Women's Day.
Speaking at the Orro Church service that began the special day, his Excellency President Marcus Stephen said, "It is a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. It is also a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development and to draw attention to the challenges that remain before gender equality is truly realised."
Nauru's APTC Country Program Coordinator Ms Formosa Halstead said that members of the APTC alumni participated in the program, with Inge Dekarube, Linda Aliklik, Yatimi Tsitsi and Tricia Roland taking responsibility for the APTC Women in Trades stall at the information booths, set up during the day.
In the evening, Alumni members Benjamin Pickering and Edward Grundler joined the "Stop Violence against Women" march, from Gabab Channel to Centennial Hall, where participants made a personal pledge, on the Handprint Pledge Banner, to stop violence against women and children.
This was followed by a Candlelight Commemoration in honour of universal suffrage and votes for women.
"The APTC Alumni Nauru celebrates this day because we want to promote the success and opportunities for Women in Trades. Our identity in Nauru is to be one of leadership and example, and we have agreed to commit ourselves to the development of women and the elimination of violence against women," explained Ms Halstead.