Thursday, March 08, 2012

International Women's Day - IWD

                                              found pic @ University of Sussex

Each year around the world, 
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. 

photo credit: wiccked via photopin cc

The day is to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements throughout the world. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration. 
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'Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures' is the 2012 theme of the website and this has been widely used by hundreds of organisations including schools, universities, governments, women’s groups and the private sector. Each year the United Nations declares an overall International Women's Day theme. Their 2012 theme is 'Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty'. Many organisations develop their own themes that are more relevant to their local contexts. For example, the European Parliament's 2012 theme is 'Equal pay for work of equal value'

Nevertheless all that women have achieved, as far as human rights are concerned, there's still a long way to go since Emmeline Pankhurst started the Suffragette Movement in the 19th century. 
«From the middle of the 19th century many women campaigned peacefully to obtain the right to vote. They organised themselves into groups, held meetings, sent petitions to Parliament and tried to persuade MPs to change the law to enable them to vote. These non-militant women were known as 'suffragists'.»  In Archives - The Suffragetes                                                                                                                                                                 

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  1. 'cause you're a great expression of women in the world as I know it... Happy IWD, Sky :-)