International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 in every year. The date is commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In 1910, Socialist Second International held the first international women’s conference in Copenhagen. On the occasion, International Women’s Day 2010 the International Committee of the Red Cross (CRC) drew attention to the hardship banished women tolerate. About 100 women participated from 17 countries and they decided to establish an ‘International Women’s Day’ to promote equal rights for women. They demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. Events took place in more than 100 countries on March 8, 2011 to commemorate the day. Nowadays this is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation (gratefulness) and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. It is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. Still now the Day is celebrated with a range of different activities.