Today is International Women’s Day which means that across the world events are held to celebrate and inspire women.
IWD began in 1917 in the Soviet Union to acknowledge women’s contribution to society and politics. On this date, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” after over 2 million Russian soldiers had been killed in war. After a four day strike the Czar abdicated and the provisional government gave women the right to vote.
Today, IWD celebrates efforts such as this but also continues to strive for equal rights and a safe and rewarding future for girls.
Globally, events such as political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through local markets, theatres, fashion and more will take place today.
IWD grows in status every year; the US even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.
The Guardian has named a list of the top 100 influential women, such as activist Somaly Mam, “Cambodian anti-sex trafficking campaigner and founder of AFESIP, rescuing women from brothels and supporting their recovery”. Other inspirational women on the list include gender academic Judith Butler, poet Carol Ann Duffy, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, pop icon Lady Gaga and talkshow host and actress Oprah Winfrey. For a full list and more about IWD from The Guardian, visit www.guardian.co.uk/world/international-womens-day.
For more general information about events near you and other things happening today, visit www.internationalwomensday.com