International Women's Day: At a glance

At Copenhagen the previous year, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (March 19) in Austria.


Express March 08, 2012

1909

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month.

1910

The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. No fixed date was selected for the observance.

1911

As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (March 19) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies.

1913-1914

As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies.

1917

With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for “bread and peace”.

SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.

COMMENTS (2)

Muhammadd | 9 years ago | Reply

A nation that does not look after its women is a pathetic nation!

tanvir majeed | 9 years ago | Reply

As long as women keep on believing that they are inferior to men and should remain subservient to men,their condition won't improve.Our girls are brainwashed from birth into believing that their sole aim in life is to get married and produce male children for their husbands. As long as women continue to consider themselves the personal property of their majazi khuda,they will continue to be treated like slaves. first,women have got to stop feeling ashamed of their gender and their bodies,empowerment will come after that.

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