International Women's Day 2018: All You Need to Know About the Day

Ann Santiago
March 8, 2018

This is because there is still a lot of disparity between the salaries of men and women.

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What is International Women's Day?

This year's themes are essential for the observance and celebration of all Liberians which can be achieved with the collective participation of women and men, boys and girls, as well as other marginalized groups. It just doesn't seem to resonate in the same way that it does in Latin America. The entire world celebrates this day to highlight the endeavours and achievements of the women which give them courage and freedom to perform much better in life.

These activities were part of the struggle for women's suffrage, which was slowly extended to women around the world in the early 20th century.

Fr Luke also speaks about his experience serving as a deacon in the federal women's prison near Oakland in California, an all-female Catholic facility.

It has originally been celebrated as Women's Day, on February 28, with the first taking place in 1909 in New York City.


Azerbaijan has been marking IWD since 1917. People, she added, are supportive of a lot of the basic goals of feminism, for women to live safe, empowered and well-educated lives and to be able to fulfil their dreams.

"But change must come from within and the housing and construction sectors must continue to press for progress, combat inequality and break down the barriers that are holding women back".

Something has changed since this time previous year. In 2016, the President Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls helped launch the United State of Women at the first United State of Women Summit in 2016. IWD is about celebrating successes and about keeping your eye on what is happening internationally in global sisterhood.

Over the past year, women have risen to the forefront of activism and have demanded more from our government, our employers, and our communities. The day was renamed International Women's Day, and was observed in Europe and the US.

In 1910, The Socialist International met in Copenhagen and established a Women's Day, which honored the women's rights movement, and built support for voting rights for women.

The idea of having an global women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.

It's also interesting to note that there is a competing global IWD campaign, supported not by the United Nations but by a conglomerate of corporate and non-governmental organizations. In addition, this year the European Union has the leadership of the "Call to Action for Protection Against Gender-Based Violence", which brings together over 60 countries and organisations striving to ensure that gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian crises.

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