International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, but the global campaigns for equal rights for women continue all year round. Read more about #IWD in this article.

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International Women's Day on 8 March is a day to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women, reflect on progress and demand gender equality. For over a hundred years, International Women's Day has put the spotlight onto issues affecting women all over the world. Today, International Women's Day belongs to everyone who believes that women's rights are human rights.

Why do we need an International Women's Day?

Across the world, less than 15 per cent of the world's countries have a female leader. Only 24 per cent of senior managers are women and 25 per cent of companies have no female senior managers at all. Women do the lowest-paid jobs and earn less money for the same work. This difference in pay is called the gender pay gap, and for young women in many places, including Britain and America, the gap is getting worse. Women are also more likely to do most of the housework and childcare. All of these problems affect women of colour even more than they do white women.

When it comes to healthcare and safety, women also face significant inequalities. An estimated 830 women a day die in childbirth. There are some shocking statistics for female murder too. Last year the UN found that 137 women a day were killed by their partner or former partner. Worldwide, over 50 per cent of female murders are committed by the victim's partner or family. When they have access to health education and care, women are also more likely to be ignored by doctors when they say they are in pain, and serious health problems are sometimes ignored for years. 

The history of Women's Day

In 1908, 15,000 women in New York went on strike because of low pay and terrible conditions in the factories where they worked. The following year, the Socialist Party of America organised a National Women's Day, and one year after that, there was a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, about equality and women's right to vote. In Europe, the idea grew and became International Women's Day (IWD) for the first time in 1911 and the United Nations declared 8 March International Women's Day in 1975. 

What happens on 8 March?

In some countries, children and men give presents, flowers or cards to their mothers, wives, sisters or other women they know. But at the heart of International Women's Day lies women's rights. Across the world, there are protests and events to demand equality. Many women wear purple, a colour worn by women who campaigned for women's right to vote. Recently, marches and protests have gained force thanks to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment. There is still a lot of work to be done for gender equality. But women's movements all over the world are ready to do that work and are gaining momentum.

What are you going to do to celebrate or demand change on 8 March?

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Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Wed, 27/04/2022 - 12:58

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How have things changed for women in your country? What still needs to change?
in my country, there is no difference between men and women. women also do everything and they also give votes and do business. women get whatever they want. there is no rule here every woman work and do our best

Submitted by sibi on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 20:19

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The role of women in my country has started to change positively.We see these changes in society,politics etc.Nowadays there are more women participating in politics than a few decades ago when the number of women participating was very small.A negative side is the old mentality about the role of women which has not completely disappeared as there aree still people who believe that men are more important and powerful than women.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Wed, 23/06/2021 - 08:27

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In my country,there are many things which have been changed for women today.As our leader is a women, we try to become like her in each particular field.Women become free and successful in various departments than last century.

Submitted by ynorguner on Sun, 14/03/2021 - 16:56

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In my country we have same prbolem in the all world. But ıf we want to change the ıdea, It will start with all women educating their girls in the best way and raising strong individuals who stand on their own feet.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 04:32

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In my country our government give women to take participant in election and they give us rights to vote. In many industrial sectors there are many opportunity for women be a leader. Some of women in my country had a rights to voice out the troubles that they passed in their live. Even women given a opportunity to be leader but still got inequality among men and women. Besides, domestic violence still increasing in our country and sexual harassments also be a ridiculous problem here. We still need to reducing the sexual harassments among women especially among young girls.
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Submitted by danisep on Mon, 15/02/2021 - 19:29

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There are different sceneries here in my country for example in the big cities women receive a different treatment compared with the places farther away, en the capitals they can ask or demand a better wage or take the desition to not do household chores among other stuff, the opposite happens for example in the countryside. I think that it is fair that every woman had the same rights than men.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 27/02/2020 - 19:45

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Things changed for women for the better in my country, especially in the last fifty years. But I think women ought to learn to be indipendent in their mind, that is I see many women who seem modern and innovative, whereas they depend on their husbands or partners regarding the most important issues.

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Submitted by FAISAL SAEED on Sun, 15/09/2019 - 15:38

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a very informative article on women's day.you told us about the history of women's day and other important factors