The History Of International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day takes place every year on the 8th of March to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide. The day is also used to recognize women who’ve made significant contributions to the advancement of their gender.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19 in 1911. A million women and men rallied in support of women’s rights on that first International Women’s Day.

The United Nations officially supported International Women’s Day “to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women’s rights.”

The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011 resulted in many celebrations around the world, and brought a lot more attention to International Women’s Day.

Recently, the world has witnessed a significant change in society’s thoughts about women’s equality.

Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘most battles have been won for women’ while many from the 1970’s know that unfortunately women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts, women are still not equally present in business or politics, and globally women’s education and health is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices.

And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements.

International Women’s Day is an official holiday in many countries including these here:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.

The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, with flowers and small gifts. In some countries International Women’s Day has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

So make a difference, make every day International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.