The United Nations in Papua New Guinea says International Women's Day on Saturday is a chance to examine the challenges facing women but also acknowledge the successes already made.
The day has been marked by the UN since 1975.
A spokeswoman for UN Women in PNG, Julie Bukikun, says it is important to acknowledge the day as it serves as a reminder of the contribution women make to society in a range of areas.
"I would like to just wish everyone International Women's Day and the message from UN Women is equality for women is progress for all so we would like that to be celebrated on the 8th of March."
Julie Bukikun says PNG held its first national women's forum this week to consider issues facing women in PNG, including violence and health.