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International Women's Day 2019

  • International Women's Day 2019
  • Mar 08, 2019
  • By LHRC

International Women's Day 2019

11:55 AM - 03:00 AM

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. The day originated after the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested a Women's Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. Women demanded that they be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. 

The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in the International Women's Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.

Today, International Women's Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

Every year International Women’s Day is celebrated with a unique theme and this year’s IWD international theme is “Balance for Better” which is a call to action for driving gender balance across the world.