Happy International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day (IWD) or as it was originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated worldwide on March 8, every year.
The first International Women’s Day was held on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, as a way to attract attention to the cause of gender equality.
On August 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, the groundwork for the first International Women’s Day was initiated, and by 1919, the day was established to be formally celebrated.
Each year, countries and international organizations celebrate the day in different ways.
International Women’s Day organization has declared this year’s theme as The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) chose its theme to draw attention to plight of women in prison, stating ‘all over the world, women and girls living behind bars often face particular hardship in terms of protection, privacy and access to basic services, including health care’.
Women have come a long way but still have a long way to go for ultimate equality. The Progressive Press team wishes a very happy International Women’s Day to the most amazing women in our lives and all the women around the world who shape our shared destiny each and every day in their own way! We love you, respect you and we are with you!
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