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International Women's Day

International women’s day is celebrated globally on the 8th of March and commemorates the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women. It is a day when we celebrate women, as well as campaign and protest against the continued gender inequality.

Despite the steps we have taken in the last 100 years, women are still being discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their gender. There is still a gender pay gap, there is a lack of representation of women in senior positions, such as in parliament or as CEOs, and vulnerable women can still suffer abuse or harassment.

Women make up half of the world’s population. Therefore, it is important that we make sure they have the same opportunities as men.

On the 8th of March, women can protest against sexism and campaign for equal rights across the world. We can celebrate women’s contributions to society and continue to fight for equal opportunities.

How did International Women’s Day start?

It all started in 1908, when women in New York held protests demanding fewer working hours, higher pay, and the right to vote. Following this demonstration Clara Zetkin, an advocate for women’s rights and a communist activist, and many other women, created the idea of an annual women’s day. In March 1911, the first international women’s day was celebrated, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The day was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and has been celebrated since.

Why is international women’s day so important?

Despite how much women’s rights have evolved, many women still face discrimination or sexism in their lives. For example, in other countries, women are prohibited from driving cars. International women’s day was created so that we can raise awareness and protest against unequal treatment.

Another problem is the gender pay gap. In 2021 the gender pay gap was 15.4%, showing that women still have a long way to go before achieving equal pay as men. There is also a lack of women in science or tech and therefore less female role models for young people to look up to.

It is important that we raise awareness and celebrate women’s achievements this international women’s day!

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