international womens day 2016

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the international day of the woman. International Women’s Day is a social, cultural, economic and political event that’s marked out for celebrating the achievements of women. The event which also calls for gender equality has been celebrated for a century and is now recognized on March 8 each year.

Although the actual date of the event cannot be determined, it is said to have begun in New York city when some women took to the streets to protest for better pay, shorter working hours and also demand the rights to vote.

the following year it was observed in the US on 28 February as declared by the Socialist Party of America. In 1910 Clara Zetkin who was the leader of the women’s office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested that the event be celebrated worldwide every year.

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The first official International Women’s Day was celebrated on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In 1913 it was shifted to 8 march and it has been celebrated on this date since then.

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The UN officially recognized this event in 1975. Since then, it has created a theme for the day. This year’s theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The theme aims to foster the UN’s Step It Up initiative, which seeks to fire up gender equality by 2030. The initiative reaches out to governments to implement laws and policies that will close the gender gap.

You can support the movement by taking a pledge for parity.

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You don’t have to stop there. Take a stand for women in your community, support young girls to achieve their dreams.

You do not have to be president or a corporate body in order to make sure women have equal opportunities as men, supporting the ones around you will go a long way to giving women equal opportunities as men.

Also play Google’s inspirational women’s day doodle below and support the #OneDayIWill campaign. Like Lupita Nyong’o said, “your dreams are valid”

international-womens-day-2016-google doodle

Happy International Women’s Day!


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