Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

The history behind International Women's Day

The history behind International Women's Day

There are many who question the need for the day in today's changed times.

It gives me great pleasure to address you on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018.

Today, March 8, marks International Women's Day (IWD) a global day of celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women the world over and Fiji is no exception.

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What is International Women's Day? In 1910, at the International Women's Conference with 100 women from 17 countries, held in Copenhagen, the International Women's day began.

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It was on March 8, 1908, that 15,000 female garment workers, marched through New York City's Lower East Side and rallied at Union Square, demanding economic and political rights that included better pay, voting rights and shorter working hours. The day is observed with a different theme each year and this year, the theme is to #PressforProgress.

Asked about what could have led to the many events and if there is a correlation with global movements such as #Metoo, Hosein said it was hard to say, as there could be many different factors such as a generational change or even the strength of the United Nations theme.

To learn more on the findings of the report and about the theme, visit the official website. Echoing the sentiment, this year's International Women's Day theme is #TimeIsNow: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives.

In Mozambique and Tanzania for instance, IFAD supports a project that provides financial education and technological tools training for farmer groups - more than 50 per cent run by women - to help them move from cash to electronic payment management.

We at the United State of Women have spent the a year ago traveling across the country to cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, San Francisco and Los Angeles, working with local partners to galvanize thousands of women to lead change in their own communities.

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Ms Wendy Verheyden, the Public Services International Ebola and Health Response Coordinator, underscored the key role that women play in all facets of life, and promised to carry their views on to higher platforms to bring about the needed change.

White is not used any more as purity is considered a controversial concept. The day was mostly celebrated by socialist movements and communist countries in the following decades. The idea was met with unanimous approval.

Saudi Arabia did not grant women the right to vote until much recently, in 2011.

These include Women of the World Festival 2018 from 9th-11th March, The Marguerite International Women's Day Party on 8th March, International Women's Day Breakfast Morning on 8th March, Hip Hop Karaoke International Women's Day special on 8th March and Women in Focus Festival from 10th-11th March.

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