Tuesday, 8 March 2016

International Women's Day

      On March 8th, International Women's Day is celebrated every year and this year is the 105th anniversary. I thought I would write a post telling you all about this day, what it involves and why it all started

What is International Women's Day and why is it a day?

International Women's Day is the celebration of respect, appreciation and of women's economic, social and political achievements. It is a day where time is spent reflecting on progress made, calling for change and celebrating acts of courage and determination women have performed.

International Women's Day was 1st celebrated in New York on February 28th, 1909 in remembrance of the 1908 International Ladies Garment Worker Union Strikes, workers campaigned for the right to vote, better pay and to work shorter hours. In August, 1909 it was decided that International Women's Day would be established and be celebrated annually.

What's the point of International Women's Day?

International Women's Day aims to achieve full gender equality, recognize there is still gender inequality and celebrate women's achievements.

Each year International Women's Day has different themes where they address problems/Issues women face and goals they want to achieve.

Most Recent Themes
There are lots of things you can do to celebrate International Women's Day:
  • Learn about the history of International Women's Day and the struggle women have had in achieving gender equality across the world
  • Learn why this day is important
  • Raise awareness of this day, issues women still face through social media
  • Campaign
  • Celebrate women's progress and achievement
Isn't this day sexist, why isn't there an International Men's Day?

This day ISN'T sexist as it's about celebrating women's achievement and NOT saying women are better than men (WE ARE BOTH EQUAL). Secondly there is actually a International Men's Day which is celebrated on the 19th November every year. International Men's Day focuses on health, improving gender relations and promoting gender inequality. International Men's Day is about men celebrating their achievements and contributions whilst highlighting discrimination against them.

Here are some quotes all about International Women's Day:

I hope I have managed to teach you a a bit about International Women's Day and why it's important. What do you know about International Women's Day and have you done anything to celebrate?

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