Today International Women’s Day is a public holiday in many countries around the globe and is celebrated on March 8th. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. But did you know some of the most important issues that the International Women’s Day has highlighted?
International Women’s Day Historical Facts:
- A socialist party organized a women’s day on February 28, 1909 in New York, USA
- In 1913, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Saturday in February
- Germany held its first IWD on March 8, 1914. Women win right to vote in Germany in 1918.
- After 1917, March 8 became a national holiday in Soviet Russia after women gained suffrage
- International Women’s Day is adopted by the United Nations in 1975
- In 2010 the Red Cross drew attention to the hardships faced by displaced women
- 2012 International Women’s Day United Nations’ theme was Empower rural women and end hunger and poverty
- UN theme for 2013 was a Promise is Promise: time for action to end violence against women
- 2014 UN’s theme was: Equality for women is progress for all
- UN theme for 2015 was Empowering women, empowering humanity
- 2016 International Women’s Day United Nations’ theme was Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for gender equality
- 2017 UN theme: Women in the changing world of work
- 2018 UN theme was Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives
- UN theme for 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for a change