International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements globally and advocates for a more inclusive, gender equal world. International Women’s Day has been observed in one form or another since the early 1900’s. Support for gender rights and equality was born out social and political unrest in a rapidly industrialising world.
The first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February 1909. Shortly after, in 1911, International Women’s Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However, it wasn’t until 1975 that International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations.
It isn’t solely one government, charity, NGO or corporation that is responsible for International Women’s Day. It is a collaborative effort driving forward women’s rights and recognition for equality globally.
For International Women’s Day 2017, the internationalwomensday.com charity is asking you to #BeBoldForChange, to help forge a better working world for women. You can submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.
International Women’s Day is an official holiday in many countries, including Afghanistan, China (for women only), Cuba, Moldova, Russia, and Uganda, to name but a few. In many countries the day has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. Often men honour their mothers, wives or girlfriends with flowers and small gifts.
Why not honour an inspiring woman in your life by sending hand delivered flowers from your local London florist, The Flowers Stand Chelsea, on March 8th, this International Women’s Day.