Quick facts about International women's day

Quick facts about International women's day

Ghana joined the global community to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day which falls on 8 March. It is to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. This year was marked with celebrations across the country and yen.com.gh seeks to educate more on why Internation women's day and the need to celebrate the day.

Quick facts about International women's day

A rally to mark International Women's Day 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan/ credit:AFP

8 March is observed as International Women's day (IWD) worldwide.

It is celebrated to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

The original aim of the day is  to achieve full gender equality for women the world though this has not yet fully been achieved.

Every year, International Women's Day is marked  to celebrate the achievements of women who have worked to overcome  barriers of gender inequality, It is also a time to call on  women across the world come together to force the world to recognize the inequalities they face.

The roots of the IWD can be traced to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.

A year  after the march by the 15,000 women, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the US on 28 February in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.

In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day.

Ms Zetkin suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.

In 1911, the  IWD  was recognized and  celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19.

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In 1913,  there was a decision to  transfer IWD to March 8, and it has been celebrated on that day ever since.

In 2011, US President Barack Obama proclaimed March to be ‘Women’s History Month’, hence the  United States observes the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.

In March 20111, IWD marked  its centenary  celebration. This year is the 105th  celebration

The 2016 theme  for the IWD is "Planet 50-50 by 2030:Step It up for Gender Equality".

The idea  behind the year's theme is to accelerate the  2030 agenda for sustainable development  which was formally adopted by world leaders at a 2015 UN summit.

The 2016 theme  focuses on reducing poverty, huger, disease and gender equality.

International Women’s Day has since been celebrated globally to commemorate the immense contribution of women in society and to identify and tackle obstacles that impede their progress in all fields.

This year there is a Google Doodle marking the celebration featuring women and girls across the world who complete the sentence ‘One day I will’, talking about their dreams and ambitions.

Watch the video

https://youtu.be/EOfWriKvGN0

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