Today (8 March) is International Women’s Day (IWD), a worldwide celebration of women’s achievements and a day to push for gender equality marked by marches, conferences, talks and performances.
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) March 8, 2017
While the UK has closed the gender gap, a measure calculated by looking at education, pay, health and political empowerment by just 75 per cent, the World Economic Forum claims only five countries have closed the gender gap by 80 per cent or more.
— BridgeIntlAcadsKe (@BridgeKenya) March 8, 2017
When was the first International Women’s Day?
The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced back to New York City in 1908, when around 15,000 women marched to demand universal suffrage, better pay and shorter working hours.
— Winrock Intl (@WinrockIntl) March 8, 2017
The first ever US National Woman’s Day took place on February 28 the following year.
— IMG Kenya (@IMGKenya) March 8, 2017
In 1910, the then leader of the women’s office for Germany’s Social Democratic Party, Clara Zatkin, suggested that every country should celebrate an International Women’s Day.
— Eleni Vikeli (@Eleni_Vik) March 8, 2017
100 women from 17 different countries agreed with the first IWD celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911.
— Ace Africa (@aceafrica) March 8, 2017
Two years later, the date was changed to March 8 where it has remained ever since.
— Django Girls Mombasa (@djangogirlsMSA) March 8, 2017
What is the International Women’s Day 2017 theme?
The United Nations formally recognised International Women’s Day in 1975 and ever since has created a theme for each year’s celebration.
This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange – a call for groundbreaking action to drive greater change for women.
— WECREATE|KENYA (@WECREATEKENYA) March 8, 2017
In Africa, the hashtag #ShePridesAfrica is also being used to celebrate women across the continent.