Today (the 8th of March 2013) is International Women’s Day. Most of you reading this article have special women in your life. Today is the perfect day to pay homage to them.
The focus is different in various regions of the world for this day. It ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements in some regions to an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way that could be described as a mixture of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day in other regions.
International Women’s Day has been around for quite some time. The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States. In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. After the Soviet Revolution in 1917 the holiday was predominantly celebrated by countries in the East Block. It has also been celebrated in China from 1922 and in Spain from 1936.
From 1977 International Women’s Day has been celebrated in the West. This happened after UN invited its member states to celebrate the holiday on the 8th of March every year.
The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day 2013 has been officially declared by the UN as “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” On the flip side International Women’s Day 2013 organizers have declared this year’s theme as “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”.
This quote stirred up some thoughts in me earlier today:
“Every woman comes with her own instructions. They’re written in her smile, her eyes, through her actions, and in her tears. Do you care enough to read them?”
Take some time today and show more than the usual respect to the special ladies in your life. Give your wife, grandmother, mother or daughter an extra special hug, buy them flowers or at least offer to the dishes after supper on this International Women’s Day. Also take some time and think about the women that are not as fortunate as your loved ones, the ones who are victims of violence.
Spread the word about International Women’s Day to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.
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