International Women’s Day is marked on March 8 each year. It is a major day of worldwide celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
International Women’s Day has been observed ever since the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
The new era has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and liberation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an greater than before critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality.
The regrettable fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and worldwide women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
Annually on 8th March, thousands of events to celebrate women’s day are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, and government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more for the women’s day.