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08 Mar

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Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD)

Just little bit of history

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result. In 1913, 8th of March was pronounced International Women's Day and has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since. As result, on this day, women started showing solidarity everywhere in Europe. For example in 1914 in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square; in 1017 in Russia’s  women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Strike continued for four days until provisional Government granted women the right to vote. International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Today IWD is an official holiday in many countries including 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.

Information taken from https://www.internationalwomensday.com/