March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day all over the world for over 100 years. The purpose of this day may vary from region to region. For example, in some countries it is seen as a day of protest, in others as a way to celebrate women’s achievements and promote gender equality, and in others as a holiday. But the foundations of March 8th go much deeper than you think. Let’s examine these details together.
1. International Women’s Day originated more than 100 years ago
On February 28, 1909, the dissolved Socialist Party of America instituted its first National Women’s Day, which fell on the last Sunday in February. In 1910, Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Bureau of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day so that people all over the world could celebrate simultaneously. Subsequently, the first International Women’s Day was held on March 19, 1911; More than a million people from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark attended these festivities.
2. Celebrations gave women the right to vote in Russia
In 1917, women in Russia honored the day by launching the “Bread and Peace” strike to protest World War I and advocate for gender equality. The second who ruled the country at that time. Although the Tsar objected to this protest, the women did not give up and continued with their actions. A few days later, the tsar abdicated. The Provisional Government later granted women in Russia the right to vote.
3- The United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day in 1975
In 1975, the United Nations recognized the International Women’s Year and celebrated March 8 as Women’s Day for the first time. Since then, the United Nations has been the main sponsor of March 8, marking the holiday to celebrate “the acts of courage and determination of ordinary women who have played an extraordinary part in history.”
4. International Women’s Day is a public holiday in dozens of countries
Afghanistan, Cuba, Vietnam, Uganda, Mongolia, Georgia, Laos, Cambodia, Armenia, Belarus, Montenegro, Russia and Ukraine are just a few of the places where March 8th is a public holiday.
5. International Women’s Day is celebrated along with Mother’s Day in many places
Mother’s Day is celebrated in some countries, including Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan, along with March 8th. On this day, children give small gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.
6. Every year celebrations of International Women’s Day have an official theme
In 1996, the United Nations set a theme for that year’s International Women’s Day:
Celebrating the past and planning for the future.
The theme in 1997 was Women at the Peace Table, and in 1998 Women and Human Rights. The theme for 2023 is “Embrace Equality”
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