“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and focus on existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day#sthash.LeyYOflx.dpuf
Did you know? The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day in 1848 when the Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women. The promise gave women hope for equality, but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8 in 1913 (probably because it was a Sunday).
Did you know? Americans celebrated National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February in the first part of the 20th century.
Did you know? The United Nations first celebrated International Women’s Year in 1975. That same year the UN convened the first conference on women in Mexico City. In 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by its Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
Did you know? In 1994 actress and human right’s activist Beata Pozniak spearheaded the introduction of the first bill in the history of the U.S. Congress (H.J. Res. 316) to recognize International Women’s Day in the United States.
Did you know? The International Women’s Day logo features the symbol of Venus, also the symbol of femininity, in purple and white.
Did you know? International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries.
Did you know? International Women’s Day, 2017 will be the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which was sparked on March 8, 1917 by women protesting against bread shortages in St. Petersburg. These events culminated in the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15. Worldwide celebrations and re-enactments are scheduled to begin on March 8, 2017.
Did you know? Today, International Women’s Day is still alternatively known as United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
According to the UN, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men. Most of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women continue to be victims of violence and gender inequality in almost all aspects of life. Only if we achieve Equality for Women will we have progress for all.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.[Resource: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day]
This blog article first appeared at: http://www.wg-usa.org/website2014/international-womens-day-did-you-know/
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