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“Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” International Women’s Day March 8, 2012

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International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. More than one million women and men attended International Women’s Day rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries.

Events last year had taken place in more than 100 countries on March 8 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Its emphasis was on respect and appreciation of women as well as celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements, – past and present.

The United Nations celebrated its first International Women’s Day in 1975 and has continued to run strong, political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide. Its theme for this year – Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.

Over the years, there has been significant changes and shifts in attitudes in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. There are more women in the boardroom, female astronauts, female prime ministers and overall greater equality for women in legislation and an increase in acknowledging women as impressive role models. President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be Women’s History Month (reflecting on the extraordinary accomplishments of women in shaping history).

Some from the younger generation argue that all the battles have been won for women and the ingrained complexity of patriarchy no longer exists, however women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts and are not represented equally in business and politics (during the time of Tony Blair Prime Ministerial regime, women were regularly referred to as ‘Blair babes’)

Since Rose Schneiderman’s declaration in 1920: ‘The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too. Help, you women of privileged, give her the ballot to fight with’ , in 2011, there is still a need to consider women, on a global scale, those who are very much part of us, demanding not just bread but schools and school books, clean water, health care and decently paid jobs. A hundred years on there are many aspects to celebrate, but thoughts from past times and far distances are necessary to kick start our selves into action in the here, the now and for the future.

The young women of today, free to study, to speak, to write, to choose their occupation, should remember that every inch of this freedom was bought for them at a great price. It is for them to show their gratitude by helping onward the reforms of their own times, by spreading the light of freedom and of truth still wider. The debt that each generation owes to the past it must pay to the future. Abigale Duniway

Did you know:

 International Women’s Day is an official holiday in:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

 United Nation celebrated its first International Women’s Day in 1975

 UK had the highest number of International Women’s Day events with 475 events, followed by Canada (268 events), USA (263 events), Australia (236 events) and India (69 events

 Town Hamlets Council closed off one of its libraries to all males to ‘celebrate’ the occasion, going as far as even banning male staff from the premises.

 In 2005 the conference of the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) approved a resolution for International Women’s Day to be designated a public holiday in UK


International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19. It originated from Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. Its objectives include focusing on male health, improve gender relations, promote gender equality and highlight positive male role models, their achievements and contributions to community, family and child care.



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