I once heard a comment, about industry workers’ unions, that went like: if a company treats its people fairly, involves them in its decision making processes and includes them as actors in its future vision’s crafting. Then, unions are irrelevant.
Thus, the mere existence of unions witnesses that gaps exist.
What if we apply this logic to the Women’s Day?
Women across the world shelter under the umbrella of that commemoration day to celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
On such a day, politicians will cover Women with very sweet talks… But women neither want gratitude for their existence nor a special status. Women are half the human race, not some minority that requires patting on the head like a pigtailed infant coming second in the egg and sperm race.
What women want, is their legitimate rights ! #PressforProgress
Today men are supposed to show more commitment than ever, to freeing the power of women to create a healthier world and to honour this commitment throughout the 364 other days of the year !
Happy Women’s Day, Every Day !
Here are some interesting facts:
1908 : Women became more active and vocal in campaigning for change. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
1909: The first National Women’s Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate the occasion on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
1910: A woman called Clara Zetkin – leader of the “women’s office” for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year. A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed to her suggestion and IWD was formed.
1911: International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
1913-14: Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the final Sunday in February. Following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for IWD ever since.
1953: Lebanese women voted for the first time in the history of the Republic and obtained the right to run for election.
1975: International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations.
1996: The UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme in 1996 – which was “Celebrating the Past, Planning For the Future”.
1997: Lebanon signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
2001: The global internationalwomensday.com digital hub for everything IWD was launched to re-energize the day as an important platform to celebrate the successful achievements of women and to continue calls for accelerating gender parity.
2009: As a result of the Lebanese general election, women have 4 seats in the parliament (3.1%). Read: Lebanese Women and Politics
2011: The centenary of International Women’s Day – with the first IWD event held exactly 100 years ago in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping the country’s history.