Although, now in most parts of the world women’s day has lost it’s original purpose but it was originally started as a purely political campaign. The Idea of the campaign was proposed by a German Socialist Luise Zietz to Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) in August 1910, although no specific date was proposed. In 1914, women’s day was held on March 8th for the very first time!
Earlier Women’s Day observances were held on many different dates: May 3rd, 1908, in Chicago; February 28th, 1909, in New York; and February 27th, 1910, in New York
As we all know, women have always struggled to prove they are equal to men throughout history. Although with recent years the emancipation and rights of women have improved to a greater extent but history tells us, terrible stories of women oppression. That is probably the reason why, International women’s day has probably shifted from a political event to an event almost equivalent to mother’s day or valentines day. When children and partners give presents and flowers to the the women in their life, telling them how great a job they do by being there everyday.
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
But we cannot forget all those places, where women are still nowhere close to the kind of freedom a man get in their society. Certain rural areas, where girls are still not allowed to go to school or still face physical/sexual and emotional abuse. So to reach those areas, we need to get together and raise awareness!
“Even 1 step, makes a difference!”