Happy International Women’s Day!!!

Now, i’m sure pretty much all of you are aware but today is International Women’s Day, yayy. So this blog post is going to be relatively short as I am working on the post for Sunday! However I feel this is an important topic to discuss, even if it isn’t my usual kind of content. 

So what is International Women’s Day?:

So international Women’s day is an event celebrated world wide to recognise the achievements of women. It is also used as a great opportunity to call for equality between the genders. In the words of the UN it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”It’s been celebrated since the early 1900’s and is now recognised each year on March 8. However it isn’t connected to a particular group. Instead it brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities. Across the globe the event is celebrated in the form of art, performance, talks, rallies conferences and marches.

How have people celebrated it this year?

In London there have been workshops, film screenings and even talks from inspirational women, such as bushiness leaders. Women in Poland held  marches to demand equal rights and protest violence. In Warsaw, hundred gathered before the office of Jaroslaw Kaczynski. He is the head of Poland’s conservative party and a supporter of the government’s recent efforts to ban abortion. Hundreds gathered at the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City as part of the US strike for women’s rights. The tiny Balkan state of Montenegro saw hundreds protest state cuts to maternal aid. And in Manila, protesters urged President Rodrigo Duterte to address the problems of lack of food, jobs and peace instead of killings and violence.

How did it start?

It’s hard to know exactly when it started but  it can be traced back to 1908. In which 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. A year later, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the US on February 28,  in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In 1910  Clara Zetkin, the leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany came up with the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed to her suggestion and IWD was formed. The day was only recognised by the United Nations in 1975, but since then it has been celebrated each year.

 Where is it celebrated?

International Women’s day is now celebrated in over 100 countries. It’s also an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

What is this year’s theme?

Each year International Women’s day has a theme. This year’s is #BeBoldForChange. This was designed to encourage people to step up and take action to help strive for gender equality. To get involved you can take a pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions but calling for gender balanced leadership. You can do this over on the Interational Women’s Day website!

For any guys reading this don’t worry. Firstly, you can of course be involved in supporting equality for the genders. Secondly there is also an International Men’s Day too on November 19th. So no you are not left out! 

I urge any of you reading this to go take a pledge, or just to take action for equality in some way! I hope this post has been informative and as usually if you have comments or questions leave them down below! Enjoy 🙂 xx

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