For International Women’s Day 2017, we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange.
Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.
Did you know? An extract from the United Nations
The United Nations has strengthened the international women’s movement and helped make this commemoration of the 8th March a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
- The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
- The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen in 1910, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women.
- As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked in 1911 for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
- During 1913-14 International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
- It was not until 1975, during International Women’s Year, that the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
- The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 was a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focusing on 12 critical areas of concern. It envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.