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Happy International Women’s Day

March 8 every year, the world celebrates International Women's Day. The day is set aside to celerate the the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while also highlighting the challenges that stand against these achievements. The theme for this year's celebration is "Each for Equal". The theme spotlights how together we can join hands to create a fair and just society for everyone irrespective of gender. Issues such as reproductive rights, sexual harassment, voting, education, "equal pay for equal work", affordable childcare, affordable health care, sexual and domestic violence against women, prejudices and stereotypes, etc are some challenges that continue to weigh down on women from first world to third world countries.

 

The day was officially recognized in 1977 by the United Nations. although its history can be traced back to the early 20th century, thanks to labor movements across North America and Europe. Members of the women's movement in Russia during World War I celebrated the first International Women's Day on March 8, 1913 to peacefully protest the war. The next year, women across Europe held rallies in solidarity on that same date. After World War II, countries from all continents began using March 8 as a marker for advocating women's equality.
 

Today, in recognition of women all over the world for their work and contribution to humanity, we say happy International Women’s Day.

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