Event:International Women's Day 2012
|Event:International Women's Day 2012|
|Summary||The theme for Women's Day 2012 is connecting girls, inspiring futures|
Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. 1909: The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. 1910: The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal submitted by the German Socialist Clara Zetkin was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance. 1911: As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job. See more on the history of IWD
The theme for 2012 is connecting girls and inspiring futures.
Previous themes included: - 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology - 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all - 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls - 2008: Investing in Women and Girls