Why we celebrate #InternationalWomensDay

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to division. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Over the years, the UN has promoted the participation of women on equal terms with men in the achievement of sustainable development, peace, security and full respect for human rights.

The empowerment of women continues to be a central element of the Organization’s efforts to address social, economic and political challenges throughout the world. In 1975, recognized as International Women’s Year, the United Nations General Assembly began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day. By 2014, it was celebrated in more than 100 countries and had been made an official holiday in more than 25 countries. The history of this event has impacted the world positively and that is why today, people meet to celebrate this holiday.

International Women's Day is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. International Women's Day celebrations continue to grow each year. Many events are held worldwide: global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concert performances, speaking events, online digital gatherings and more.

Events are held by women's networks, corporations, charities, educational institutions, government bodies, political parties, the media, and further communities. Reach out to the women in your life and let them know you appreciate them and support them.