International Women’s Day

Women, in this world, have covered a Long journey and by far they have become stronger incomparison to Men. So why not honour and respect them every year on March 8?

We don’t need one day to celebrate the ongoing strength and courage of women. They should be respected and equally treated amongst everyone.

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It’s root lies in the early 1900s when oppression and inequality was impelling women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

The first National Woman’s Day was more or less a political event, perceived across the United States on 28th February. It was the initiative of Socialist Party of America.

Annually on 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to motivate women and celebrate their achievements. A global network of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. United States even designates the whole month of March as “Women’s History Month”.

 How the World Celebrate Women’s Day:

  • The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan,Belarus,Burkina Faso, Cambodia,China (for women only),Cuba,Georgia,Guinea-Bissau,Eritrea,Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan,Laos, Macedonia (for women only), Madagascar (for women only),Moldova,Mongolia,Nepal (for women only),Russia,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Uganda,Ukraine,Uzbekistan,Vietnam,and Zambia.
  • In some countries, such as Cameroon, Croatia, Romania,Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia,Bulgaria and Chile,the day is not a public holiday, but is widely observed nonetheless. On this day it is customary for men to give the women in their lives – friends, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. – flowers and small gifts.
  • In some countries (such as Bulgaria and Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother’s Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
  • In ITALY, to celebrate the day, men give Yellow Mimosas to Women.Teresa Mattei chose the mimosa as the symbol of IWD in Italy because she felt that the French symbols of the day, violets and lily-of-the-valley, were too scarce and expensive to be used effectively in Italy. Yellow mimosas and chocolate are also one of the most common March 8 presents in Russia and Albania.
  • In countries, such as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Colombia, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine the custom of giving women flowers still prevails [within these regions only].

(Red Area-Official Holiday), (Yellow Area-Non-Official Holiday),(Orange Area-Holiday for Women)

  • In Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of March 8 in “women-only” dinners and parties.
  • Pakistan working women in formal and informal sectors celebrate International Women’s Day every year to commemorate their ongoing struggle for due rights, despite facing many cultural and religious restrictions. Some women working for change in society use IWM(International Women’s Month) to help the movement for women’s rights.
  • In Taiwan, IWD (International Women’s Day) is marked by the annual release of a government survey on women’s waist sizes, accompanied by warnings that weight gain can pose a hazard to women’s health.

Why do we still need IWD (International Women’s Day) ?

The world has witnessed significant improvements regarding the rights of women and girls, equality and emancipation, with more women in the boardroom, increased visibility, greater equality in legislative rights and more. Despite this, inequalities in poverty, healthcare, education and violence mean discrimination against women is still engrained in cultures around the world.

One in three women experience violence, and every ten minutes an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. Out of an estimated 35 million people living with HIV, over two million are 10 to 19 years old and 56% of them are girls. Globally, around one third of women aged 20 to 24 were child brides. With these statistics in mind, it is clear there is more to be done to achieve equality.

To commemorate the special day, their is a list of inspirational quotes.

Throughout all of history women have been in the forefront of every movement for positive change, and a basic lesson is clear – the stronger the role of women in any progressive or revolutionary movement, the stronger our struggles will be.

Long live International Women’s Day!

                                                                                                                                                  Written By:Pooja Ahluwalia