International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is observed all over the world. It recognises the history of women’s struggles, their continuing fight for gender equality and their contributions globally.
Women’s Day Celebration
In many parts of the world, men give the women in their lives a token of appreciation, like a rose or a small gift. Mothers get gifts from their children too. It is a holiday in Russia, Afghanistan and many other countries. In China and some other countries, it is a holiday only for women.
In some countries, there are demonstrations for women’s rights, to highlight the problems women still face.
How can you celebrate Women’s Day?
Think of a film with a strong female hero, like Brave. Find out other such films and watch one.
You could also read a book with a strong woman character, like Anne of Green Gables. Better still, write a story with a female lead. Interview your grandmother and learn about the situation of women in her time.
You could do your bit for women empowerment by teaching a girl child in your neighborhood, or your maid if you have one and she wants to learn how to read and write. Happy Women’s Day!
Women’s Day History
On March 19, 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated by a German woman called Clara Zetkin. That was when women were fighting for the right to vote. The United Nations asked nations to observe March 8 as International Women’s Day in 1977.
Women’s Day Quotes
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.
– Amelia Earhart
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
– Audre Lorde
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