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March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD) - a time intended to spread the word and awareness on women's issues across the globe.
This day has been observed since the early 1900's, it is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places, like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. Traditionally in these places men honor their mothers, wives, and girlfriends with flowers and small gifts. In some places it is the equivalent of Mother's Day. In the U.S., Women's History Month was chosen to be in March to coincide with IWD. The first IWD was observed in 1911. Next year is the IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011.
Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. While there is no single overall theme for IWD, organizations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. This year the United Nations' theme is: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.
For a list of IWD events, click HERE.
Other resources found through Army OneSource can be found here.
What women's issues do you think are most important? What do you do to celebrate IWD?
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