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08 March 2011 :: 12:03:34 pm 51174

100 Years of International Women’s Day

8th March 2011 commemorates 100th anniversary for International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women – past, present and future all around the world.
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The first International Women’s day events began in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 with over one million attendees. 100 years later, IWD has become a worldwide activity, celebrated in many countries and is a national holiday in about 25 countries such as Afghanistan Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. Recently American President, Obama, has declared the whole month of March as Women’s History Month on Feb 28, 2011.

In particular, 2011 International Women’s Day will be a remarkable phenomenon in many nations. In England, Annie Lennox, a performer and social activist will a crowd to march across the London’s Millennium Bridge for charity. In Washington, D.C. over a thousand people will descend on Capitol Hill fighting for the rights and privileges of women and girls around the globe. In Sydney, Australia, an international businesswomen’s conference will be taken place. Many schools and governments around the world are participating in this day. Trade unions and charities will host various campaigns while international businesses hold conferences and distribute resource packs.

A century ago, women could not work, vote, leave a marriage or have the say in the fate of their children. Women were to give away all their rights when they married. Their husbands could assault them and take their possessions. Women were suppressed in all matters and had no escape.

These discriminatory days are now long gone as women of earlier generations fought for the rights and freedom of today’s women. International Women’s Day reflect on the significant battle of women and the legacy by earlier generations. The day also highlights the remarkable contributions of women in all workforces such as law, academia, volunteering, sport, education, disaster recovery, advocacy and many other fields. International Women’s Day is the event to inspire commitment to the future challenges that women face in making further progress.

Report by : The Huffington Post

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