International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. It is marked as the day where we all celebrate women’s accomplishments and advocate for gender equality. In 1909, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day, following a demonstration a year earlier, where 15,000 women demonstrated against discrimination and inequality. In 1910, during a conference about working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, Clara Zetkin made the suggestion to celebrate the first International Women’s Day. Thus, the official first celebration of the International Women’s Day in 1911 took place in the following three countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. We need to wait until 1977, when the United Nations first proclaimed March 8th Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
Public Holiday and CelebrationIn countries such as Zambia, Cambodia, among many others, International Women’s Day is a public holiday. In some other countries like China and Madagascar, for example, only women get a day off. No matter if it is a public holiday or not, Women’s Day is celebrated in myriad ways: For example, in Italy, Russia, Albania, Men offers Yellow mimosas and chocolate to women; in Portugal, women get together for dinner or celebrate by partying, while in Brazil, Vietnam, Croatia or Moldovia, flowers are offered to women.
March as Women’s History MonthIn 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of March as Women’s History Month in the United States. In In March 2015, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn which helps adolescent girls around the world to surmount the barriers that stand between them and a quality education. According to Barack Obama:
International Women’s Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women’s centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men.
Women’s Day Celebration in 2018Although the official date for International Women’s Day is on the 8th of March, Londoners rallied at Victoria Park on Saturday to celebrate the cause of women around the world. Most expressed the famous issues such as gender equality, recognition of work and education rights. Read also our Top 86 Quotes About Women’s Empowerment On its side, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has produced a series of portraits from French and European women who defined the history from the 18th century to today. From Elisabeth Badinter to Alexandra Kollontai who was the first female Ambassador to Isabelle Renouard, we can read the life and experience of these women who made History. In Rome, the celebration is marked with a general strike which calls for an end to discrimination against women in the workplace and greater punishment for male violence against women. A Reminder: The theme for last year’s Celebration was #PressforProgress which represents a strong call for action which will lead to gender equality, inclusion and elimination of gender gap.
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