Monday, 8 June 2015

International Women's Day #IWD2015.

International Women’s day is annually held on the 8th March. Established since 1911, the day aims to globally celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of all women – past, present, and future.

In the 1900s great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change, thus in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

Subsequently, the first National Women’s Day (NWD) was held across the United States on 28th February 1909 – this continued each year until 1913. Meanwhile, in 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) put forward the idea of an International Women’s Day, suggesting 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, representing unions, socialist parties, and working women’s clubs applauded Zetkin’s idea with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was born.

Since its birth, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across hundreds of countries. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes and 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement, in addition to continuing the vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

Over the years, throughout the world women’s rights and equality have vastly improved and are still continuing to do so. This is a fantastic day to support and get involved with; from anything as simple as ‘liking’ the IWD page on facebook, to publishing awareness online such as I have here. Get involved.


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