Friday March 8th 2013 is International Women’s Day ~ Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures, Improving Lives
The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is: “A promise is a promise – Time for action to end violence against women,” and International Women’s Day 2013 has also been declared as “The Gender Agenda – Gaining Momentum”.
International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. Depending on where you are in the world the real focus of celebrations ranges from celebrations of respect, appreciation and love towards women to celebrating women for their growth in financial, political and social achievements.
The first national Women’s Day started as a political event on February 28th 1909 in the United States. In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was organized in Copenhagen, and attended by delegates from 17 countries, including the first 3 women elected to the Finnish Parliament; a proposal to have a special day each year to focus on women’s issues was met with unanimous approval giving birth to International Women’s Day.
Today the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations are still the main focus, in addition to creating social awareness and hopes for change regarding the struggles that many women worldwide still face.
Over time, the movement has continued to grow and has become an event in countries all over the world.
Did you know that in 25 countries Women’s Day is an official holiday and in China, Madagascar and Nepal it is an official holiday for women only?
International Women’s Day has become a global day of celebration; celebrating the achievements of women, socially, politically, and financially – we should all be proud!
Send an e-card to all the Women that you want to celebrate – today!
Happy Women’s Day!