Tradition dictates that men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, and other women with flowers or small gifts.
To mark International Women's Day, we give you 8 interesting facts
1. International Women's Day was born on March 8, 1908 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote.
2. 1975 was designated as the International Women’s Year. The United Nations officially supported the International Women’s Day starting from this year.
3. Russian women celebrated International Women's Day for the first time in February of 1913
4. International Women’s Day has its counterpart – International Men’s Day which is celebrated on November 19 every year. However, IWD is more popular and well-known than IMD.
5. There are many creative celebration methods for the day. For example, in 2016, men in Guangdong Province of China wore dresses and high heels to hike up a mountain to celebrate IWD. In 2017, several strikes are planned in different countries all over the world such as “A Day Without A Woman” in the United States and “Strike4Repeal” in Ireland.
6. The tradition began with the first National Women's Day in 1909 and its roots are in campaigning for better pay and voting rights.
7. 911 saw IWD honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million people attended rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
8. International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March that same year and has remained the global date for the event ever since.
So Make everyday International Women's Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
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