Today is International Women’s Day. March 8th commemorates women’s rights and peace everywhere. Their message is “Focus on making ground today for women’s equality. Work towards what can be!”.

International Women’s day traces its roots to 1909, when the Socialist Party of America designated the first “National Woman’s Day” to honor New York garment workers, who had gone on strike a year earlier to protest working conditions. The U.N. has celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 since 1975.

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

…So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. {read more}

Sharing some comments we read via the World Wide Web about today’s event:

“Today’s the day you are empowered to take a step forward, your sisters are right beside you.”

“Become STRONG, EDUCATED, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN to lead & dazzle this world as it has never been LED before. Women use wisdom and skills men have been unable to use, so Women – Reach far and find the highest attainments in everything. Do not settle and do not be willing to accept second best when First Prize is your Goal. We can have it all!”

“Keep your dreams big and your aspirations high!”

“Never give up the fight.”

“Be strong!!”

“We change the world every day and today is our day to celebrate each other!”

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