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International Women's Day 2018— What You Need To Know

Facts about International women's day you should know...

This year’s International Women’s day holds also on March 8, as it has since 1913. It was moved to March 8 in 1913 and was adopted by the United Nations in 1975.

On February 28, 1909, 15,000 women marched through New York, USA demanding better pay, shorter working hours and voting rights. In 1910, at the International Women’s Conference with 100 women from 17 countries, held in Copenhagen, the International Women’s day began, with the aim of achieving full Gender equality for women including equal pay but it has not been realized fully worldwide.

In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas  to women. Teresa Mattei, a communist politician, chose the mimosa in 1946 as the symbol of IWD in Italy because she noticed that the French symbols of the day, lily-of-the-valley and violet were very expensive because of it's scarcity.

The IWD 2018 theme is titled #PressforProgress, showing the need to press forward and progress gender parity, especially after the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report said that gender parity is 217 years away. According to the IWD official website, “It is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

The IWD is an official holiday in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda,Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.

 Violence spranged up on IWD, in Tehran, Iran on March 4, 2007, when police beat hundreds of men and women who were planning a rally, although a previous one was held there four years ago. Police arrested dozens of women and some were released after several days of solitary confinement and serious interrogation. and several more community activists were released on March 19, 2007, ending a fifteen-day hunger strike.