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International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and their achievement. It is also a reminder of the many obstacles women faced and how they excelled in spite of the hurdles. Women today reside in important positions in all walks of life. They have made their involvement in all areas, they are demanding the social norms and trying to smash the indefinable glass ceiling. But it was a different story in the past. Women didn’t enjoy the freedom they do now. Many weren’t permissible to study, go to work or even vote.

International women day 2017 on march 8, people from across countries all over the world will observe international women’s day a day for more than a century has been set aside to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality. This year’s theme of international women’s Day is tailor made for 2017: Be Bold for change. In a year that has already seen millions of women and their allied march in support of women rights. International Women’s Day represents an important opportunity to continue the fight for necessary change.

how International Women’s Day evolved over the years:

1909: The day was first experimental in the United States on February 28. The Socialist Part of America chosen the day in honor of the garment workers’ strike in New York in 1908, where women protested for better pay and shorter working hours.

1913-14: Women’s day became a device to protest the war. Russian women experiential their first International Women’s Day on the last day of February to protest World War I. Women in Europe under arrest rallies on March 8 to express solidarity with peace activists.
1975: United Nations began celebrating the day on March 8. 1975 was United Nations’ International Women’s Year.

2011: Former US President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Women’s History Month to reflect on the unexpected happenings of women and respect their role in influential a nation’s history.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is ‘Be Bold for Change’. The campaign calls on people to work towards a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

Things may be far from ideal for women but as long as people continue to fight for equality, there is hope.

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