iwd_logo.jpgInternational Women’s Day, or IWD, was first celebrated in Copenhagen in 1911, making this year’s celebration the 99th year for International Women’s Day. This day is just one day out of the year in which the world is called upon to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of women to society—all women, regardless of nationality, occupation, cultural orientation, economic position, or politics.

More than that, it is a day when people must learn about past oppressions and celebrations of womanhood but also look toward the future of women all around the world. For this purpose, the United Nations has declared this year’s IWD theme to be “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all” (last year’s, if you may recall, was “Women and men united to end violence against women and girls”).

But why, you may ask, is there a need for an international day for women in the first place?

Although the progress in protecting and promoting women’s rights has moved in leaps and bounds over the past several years, the fact remains that there is nowhere in the world where women have the same rights and opportunities as men, says this article on IWD in timeanddate.com. The article goes on to say that of the worldwide figure of 1.3 billion people in absolute poverty, majority are women, and that, on average, women earn 30 to 40 percent less pay than men for the same type and amount of work. Moreover, women continue to be the primary victims of rape and domestic violence all around the world.

iwd_main.jpgThe Philippines is one of the countries to support the IWD movement. March has been declared the annual National Women’s Month, and National Women’s Day coincides with IWD. The national theme for National Women’s Month is “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan (Woman, you’re the champion of the nation)!” This celebrates women’s advancement and empowerment within the nation despite the challenges that women face in their fight for equality.

Now, how are you going to be celebrating International Women’s Day? All around the world, men and women honor their mothers, friends, significant others, and colleagues with small gifts or flowers. But apart from that, you may want to look into the following:

-    Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit on March 8 at the World Trade Center Halls B and C

-    UP Film Institute presents Women’s March (film showings on selected dates throughout the month) at the UP Cine Adarna

-    Pinay in Action (PIA) Run 2010 for indigent women with breast and cervical cancer on March 13 at the SM MOA grounds

Also check out Female Network’s Womanity section, featuring strong and successful women who’ve pushed the limits for the betterment of others—whether for their community, for the country, or for the world.

You can learn more about International Women’s Day from the official website and about National Women’s Day from the website for the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women.

(Photo source: sxc.hu)

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