Have you ever heard about International Women's Day? Why do we need a day to celebrate just half the inhabitants of our planet? Find out about this special day by reading the text below. 

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What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. It started with a protest that took place in New York City in 1908 where women went out onto the streets to demand the right to vote, shorter working hours and better pay. Since then it has taken many forms and today it’s a global event that is supported by lots of charities, NGOs, governments and academic institutions. In some countries, March 8 is an official holiday and in other countries it’s an official holiday but only for women.

Why do we need an International Women’s Day?

In today's world it may appear that women have all the same opportunities as men. If you watch the news you will see women astronauts, women prime ministers and women leaders in business. However, if you look at the statistics you realise there’s still a long way to go. The BBC did a report a few years ago that showed that in the UK women occupied only 30.9% of the most senior positions across a range of jobs in areas like politics, business and policing. So, although progress has been made since 1908, there is still a lot to do before we see an equal number of men and women in the top jobs and receiving equal pay.  

How is IWD celebrated in the UK?

A lot of special events take place in towns and cities all over the UK to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are exhibitions, theatre shows, talks, discussions, walking tours, films, workshops, fun runs and so much more. All the events are designed to celebrate the role of women in society and to make us all take a step back and think about the progress that has been made, but also about the changes that still need to take place to ensure the world is a fair and equal place for all its citizens. To find out what is happening in your country have a look on the events page of the International Women's Day website. 

Think globally and act locally

The message for women around the world is to ‘think globally and act locally’. This means to learn about some of the key issues that women face around the world and then to try to take action close to home. Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, is a great example of someone who is doing something to raise awareness about the issues that women face globally. She has launched a campaign called HeForShe, which aims to get people talking at all levels about gender equality. The aim is to create a ‘gender-equal world’. The HeForShe campaign makes it very clear that it’s the role of men as well as women to make changes in all areas of their lives, both at work and in the family, to help make this possible. With the support of UN Women, the United Nations organisation to support women, Emma’s campaign is surely going to make a big impact.

The future

Can you imagine a future where there’s no need at all to even have an International Women’s Day? Where there is total equality for men and women? Hmmm … something to think about but perhaps in your lifetime this could happen!?

Useful websites:
International Women’s Day: www.internationalwomensday.com
UNWomen: www.unwomen.org
HeForShe: www.heforshe.org
BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18187449

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Discussion

What do you think about International Women's Day? 

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Ken 8 March, 2017 - 13:35

We have Women Day 364 days a year plus Super Women Day (8 March).
It's the same with Men Day, cuz they are included WoMen.
Whoa men!!
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amawes 30 September, 2016 - 08:38

I think that IWD is a great day and I think that it is good to have a day where we celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of women for once and that we let our voices be heard.

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Thatladienro 29 July, 2016 - 12:01

Personally, this holiday is great for women because they deserve it. They are given a lot of beautiful flowers , wishes from other people. I think it makes them happier.

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cklj 17 March, 2016 - 14:59

I love this holiday. Today everybody says that it's very important to be equal no matter what's our skin color, religion or nationality, but no one mentions the importance of gender equality. This holiday has to teach everyone that women are as powerful as men. In my country this holiday is more about giving gifts to the important women in our lives such as mothers, grandmothers, teachers etc. People think that on that day women should be cherished for being elegant and gentle, but women should be cherished everyday for being exactly who they are.

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joesir 14 March, 2016 - 11:32

Personally, it is a good day for women because we can say lots of good things about women for what they always do for us .So we can have a day to praise them. Also, it is a day to value the importance of women.

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angeela6 11 March, 2016 - 08:08

It is a day in which the right of all women to equality with men remembered.
However, as with almost all the festivities, it has been lost in many places the true meaning and is used as something commercial.
Rather than allocate a specific day, would inculcate a culture of respect and give the place the woman deserves not to be a human being, but as the only human being with the ability to convert feelings into reality, and give life .
A woman like you should not have such a day, but a lifetime of respect and dedication to value, because we come from the effort and love of a woman.

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joselpotaty 11 March, 2016 - 08:07

i think that women are a godsend. Women are an incentive when you are sad and are always with you at all times , good or bad . They are coveted fruit , are a treasure that we must take great care , have everything to give us happiness. Every woman is beautiful regardless of age , social status or race, all have everything to be beautiful .

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sona 29 February, 2016 - 17:43

I think that the International Woman Day is the perfect day when we should show more respect for our mothers,our sisters,our aunts,our grandmas and all the women overall. World without female would be very boring and not beautiful. Woman has the same qualities as man,so why should be men more favorated that women. I think that year should be filled more with these days because they deserve this.

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