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International Women's Day 2009

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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Did you know....?

Today is International Women's Day!
 

With this being an official holiday in many countries, we'd love to hear what your country, region, city, town...or you, personally, are doing to celebrate the holiday. 

For those of you not familiar with the holiday, here's a little info:


ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's.  It has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975.  Although International Women's Day is celebrated internationally each year on March 8th, it will be observed at the United Nations this year on March 6th.

The United Nations General Assembly, composed of delegates from every Member State, celebrates International Women's Day to recognize that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.  For the women of the world, the IWD is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.


Annually, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th.  On this day and throughout the month of March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. While there are many large-scale initiatives, a rich and diverse fabric of local activities connect women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more.


There are at least 956 IWD events registered in 62 different countries this year.  IWD events range from small random informal gatherings to large-scale highly organized events. All celebrate women's advancements and highlight the need for continued vigilance and action.

The 2009 global United Nations theme is " Women and Men united to end violence against women and girls." 
Individual countries and groups may also select their own themes.


This is the official site and it is full of information and resources:
www.internationalwomensday.com



These sites are also very informative:

www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/womensday/index.asp
www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womensday1.html


by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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SonjaSC
by New Member on Mar. 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Hi, I was born and raised in Austria by Croatian parents. This is a day that my parents celebrate in Croatia! How exciting!

Sonja

SisSherry
by on Mar. 10, 2009 at 8:44 PM

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 International Women's day to Every Women in the World!!!!!!!!!

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