International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is more than an other opportunity, along with Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, for men to show their respect, love and appreciation for women.
Held annually on March 8, it was originally a Socialist political event. This day brings into focus political and social awareness, human rights issues and struggles of women worldwide. Since its early years IWD has been used as a strategy by demonstrating women to promote equal rights, the right to vote and to hold public office, and as a protestation against employment sex discrimination.
Inspiring Change is the theme for www.internationalwomensday.com, a non-profit philantropic venture described as a global hub for sharing International Women’s Day news, events and resources regard IWD as a day that “celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.” – www.internationalwomensday.com
The United Nations theme for IWD 2015 is ‘Make It Happen’. It has been proclaimed a day “for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions”.
IWD is an official holiday in several countries including Afghanistan, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and China – though it’s a holiday only for women in China! In some countries it is common for women to receive flowers and chocolates. In Italy, Russia and Albania women are traditionally given yellow mimosas.
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