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MARCH 8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8th is the day to celebrate women globally; dedicated to the personality and struggles, as well as the sacrifices and achievements of all women worldwide.

The roots of International Day of Women’s Rights are traced back to 1857 when textile women workers in New York protested and fought for improving their working conditions. Two years later these women also organized their first labor union.

Initially, the day was celebrated in 1909 on the initiative of US Socialist Party, while two years after that it was adopted by Socialist International and was dedicated to the struggles for equal rights.

The rise of the feminist movement throughout the western world in the 1960s rejuvenated the celebration which became institutionalized by the U.N.O. in 1975, spearheading the advancement of women’s role in modern society, their preoccupations, and their rights unceasingly undermined; their involvement and empowerment to fully participate and to manage successfully modern challenges.

Today, International Women’s Day, although degenerated to a symbolic celebration of the “fair sex”, it remains up-to-date and imperative; all demands for women’s fully equal rights and strengthening of their role in society are re-expressed, while in many countries even their most basic human rights are violated.