International Women’s Day (IWD) marks both the achievements and plight of women for more than a century. The first IWD was held back in 1909. Since then it has become formally recognised by by the United Nations and it is celebrated around the world.
Why was it set up
IWD first began because women demanded the right to vote. This was received in Britain in 1918, but to hold public office and to be given equal employment rights as men in Saudi Arabia was only given last year.
The idea of IWD was first introduced by socialists to advance women’s suffrage in a day, marking women’s contribution to humankind.
An annual “International women’s day” was organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin, along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911.
Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General said, “We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards”. “Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers.”
Happy International Women’s Day.