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EventWomens Day
LocationAll over India
CategoryOccasion
DateMar 8, 2018
Main AttractionCelebration of women's achievements
Overview/HistoryEvery year, the 8th of March celebrates the success of women in different fields. The main focus of this day is to encourage and appreciate women. The day also aims to initiate more effective actions to safeguard the rights of women in the society.

The day was originally called as International Working Women's Day. It began as a socialist political event and eventually blended into the cultures of different countries. In some places it simply became an occasion for people to express their respect and admiration for women.

Important Dates
  • In 1909, the United States of America celebrated the first National Woman's Day on 28 February.
  • In 1908, Chicago celebrated the first Women's Day on 3 May.
  • In 1909, New York observed the first Women's Day on 28 February.
  • In 1911, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in different countries.
100th International Working Women's Day (2011):

The International Working Women's Day completed its 100 years in the year 2011. The day was marked with grand celebrations in more than 100 countries across the globe. March 2011 was declared as the 'Women's History Month' by the President of the United States of America.

CelebrationThe story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. - Gloria Steinem

A day dedicated to women, the International Women's Day is celebrated to inspire women and honour their achievements.

In many countries, 8 March is recognised as an official holiday, while in some countries it has been declared as a holiday for women. In India, various NGOs and women's organisations participate in the Women's Day celebration
they organise various stage plays, events, seminars, programmes, etc., and also present awards to women achievers.

This day also sees men honouring the women in their lives, be it their mother, sister, daughter or friend, by giving them a gift as a token of respect, love and care.

The day is observed at the United Nations with a specific theme each year. For the International Women's Day 2014, the theme is Inspiring Change. It aims to influence and strengthen the international community's commitment to put an end to violence against women. It intends to introduce a positive change to balance the status of women and men in an unequal world.

Past UN Themes on International Women's Day

1996Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
1997Women and the Peace Table
1998Women and Human Rights
1999World Free of Violence Against Women
2000Women Uniting for Peace
2001Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
2002Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
2003Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
2004Women and HIV/AIDS
2005Gender Equality Beyond 2005 Building a More Secure Future
2006Women in Decision-making
2007Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls
2008Investing in Women and Girls
2009Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls
2010Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All
2011Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women
2012Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger
2013A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women






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