International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8

International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women – past, present and future. For many countries, such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, the day is actually marked as a national holiday.

“International Women’s Day (IWD) reminds us that women and girls do not enjoy the same rights as boys and men. Until that is the case, IWD will be the platform to shine the light on the importance of women and girls participating in society in the same way as the other half of the population”, said Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International in the UK.


Women in Nigeria celebrating International Women’s Day

“For me, this isn’t about highlighting abuses or women as victims, it is very much about shining a light on the incredible and inspiring achievements that women have made and to foster recognition for the vital contribution that women make every day all over the world – from the UK to Afghanistan. The day connects advocates for women’s rights around the world in celebration and support. I guess that is what I love most about that day – women come together, they inspire each other and they realize their power to change the world, one woman at a time. The confidence and inspiration that IWD can spark in other women can be the first step towards their empowerment.”

The first International Women’s Day event was held in 1911 in Austria, and on March 8 thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women to celebrate their achievements. Year on year, International Women’s Day is increasing in status, with many partners and supporters of International Women’s Day organising events for women. This year many companies from a cross-section of industries are donating 10 per cent of sales on March 8 to the charity Women for Women International.

by Amanda Bernstein


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