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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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For me the Womans day is very important because thanks to women that defended their believes in the past, today I can study, vote, have patrimonial rights, job in whatever I want, practice a lote of sports. Today we speak about rights .

Tomorrow it the Womem's day . It's importan because we are living in 2019 and it's incomprehensible that still have inequity between women and men in differents aspects such as; healthcare, work, safety and others more. "At the heart of the International Women's Day lies women's rights". I completely agree with the before. We are all humans and derserve the same rights. Happy Day to women all over the world.

International Women's Day is important for modern society and company.In Japan there are a lot of bad hobby inside organization.but I would say society is getting better for woman.our society forward to the equality day by fact some company run by woman president. Traditional company don't pay attention for equality. another problem is that in college. high education colleges are not equal percent,all of class dominated men.Woman is few percent.especially science field is less then any other field.all of women don't study nowadays .It cause poor performance when entire organization .

we must give the same rights for womans then man .the womans do all what man say to do .and as woman i can take a decision like man .no difference .and as long as we know .the equality must approuved a round the word .

For me it's necessary that women have the same rights than men
IT's absolutely anormal and intolerable that there is a gender pay gap; the women must be paid the same money for the same job than the men
The sexual harassment is still present in many enterprise and as a woman we have to fight to exist

I think it is an interesting day, just because women rights are concerning everyone men, children after the women themselves.

I recognize really the value of the women even thought they are sometimes ignored as if they are not able.
It's so motivational to cerebrate IWD not for women but for the humanity men, children (boys and girls), and women altogether.