With the #MeToo movement in the United States reemerging in other English-speaking countries and #YoTambien in Mexico, Spain, South American and beyond, #QuellaVoltaChe in Italy, #BalanceTonPorc in France and #Ana_kaman in the Arab States, support for women’s rights has definitely increased.
International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for all of us to empower women and celebrate the achievements of women on a global scale.
At Hands we will be holding a breakfast to celebrate and recognise some of the women who have made such a tremendous impact on our charity and the children we support. We invite everyone to come along to Centennial Homestead on 8th March 2018 and meet truly inspirational females such as Mae Thiew (Asian Person of the Year 2011), Khru Prateep (Winner of The Children’s Prize in 2004) and Kay Spencer (first ever female director of a Japanese company anywhere in the world).
Tickets and more information is available at https://hands.events/IWD.
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day came into being to support women’s rights and their involvement in politics and economics. It’s origins stem from North American and European labour movements at the start of the twentieth century
During the First World War, IWD evolved into a protest against the war and women in Russia held a strike for ‘Bread and Peace’ on the last Sunday in February, which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian Calendar in 1917. The Czar then abdicated and the Government granted women the vote in Russia.
In 1975, the United Nations began officially celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.
Is there an International Men’s Day?
International Men’s Day is marked every year in over 60 countries and is a day on which serious issues that affect men and boys are addressed.
Backed by UNESCO, International Men’s Day is observed on the 19th of November every year. The celebration shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day marked on November 20th, which is endorsed by the United Nations.