INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: FIVE ADDITIONAL FACTS

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[IWD]–The International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global event that is marked every March 8 to celebrates women’s achievements  and to call for gender equality.

The celebration of the event, which has begun since early 1900s brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities with a common goal- celebrating and showcasing the efforts of women in the development of communities and society. IWD is also a day to speak against the suffering of women around the world and to struggle for women’s rights.

The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.

Here are five additional facts about the Day:

  1. The International Women’s Day was originally called International Working Women’s Day.
  2. The international women’s day was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city’s lower east side to demand social and political rights.
  3. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events, and has been celebrated on that date ever since.
  4. According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
  5. Since 1996, the UN has assigned a theme to every IWD. This year’s theme is “Be bold for change”.

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