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International Women's Day
An Accolade to Women

International Women's Day (IWD) is observed on the 8th of March every year. Its celebration is a tribute to the economic, political and social achievements of women. Women's Day is a depiction of the legend of ordinary women as markers of History.

Though, the official sanction to International Women's Day, by the United Nations, was given in the 1975, it received observance in the early 1900'’s. IWD has its roots laid in the centuries-old struggle of women to walk on equal footing with men in all spheres of life. It was in 1908 that the unrest among women against oppression and inequality started to gain momentum and since its birth, it has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration of the power of women all over the world.

With time the holiday merged with the culture of many countries and has changed in meaning from a political event to an apolitical celebration of Women's beauty and motherhood. The celebration involves men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriend, sisters and other women in their lives by presenting flowers and small gifts to them. It is also thought to be an equivalent to Mother’s Day where children present their mothers and grandmothers with gifts.

The new millennium acts witness to the changed attitude of women and society towards the equality and liberation of women. Today, we have women as astronauts, professors, CEOs, and various others fields having real choices and acting as impressive role models. But the facts of women not being paid equal to men counterparts and not being recruited to higher posts, unequal numbers of men and women in politics and business, violence against women and the like, point towards the long way that is still to be walked upon.

Though IWD is recognized as a day honoring women but we need to observe every day to do our bit to ensure bright and safe future of girls and not limit ourselves to one day of the year.

Posted by Alex on 6/03/2008