International Women's Day 2012: Interesting Facts & Information

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

An Interesting Women's Day Video: Celebrating the Working Women

[Note: The video was created in the year 2011]

Below are some interesting facts about the international women's day:
  • The United Nations has given its full support to International Women's Day and it fights for women's rights as a major global issue. In 1975, on the eve of the International Women’s Year, the United Nations officially recognized it. 
  • The first International Women’s Day was celebrated on 19th March, 1911. The idea of an International Women’s day was first tabled in Copenhagen in the year 1910 by a woman named Clara Zetkin. The first movement was very successful and it managed to mobilise millions of women and men who attended rallies to support gender equality, women’s role in public affairs and their right to universal suffrage. 
  • The day 8th March was chosen in 1913 as International Women’s Day and over the years, this day has remained as the International Women’s day. 
  • This day is marked as an official holiday in many countries such as Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Nepal (for women only), and Vietnam. In some countries this day is also celebrated as Mother’s day where children give gifts to their mothers and grandmothers. 
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote. On the contrary, in Switzerland, women got voting rights only in 1971. Women in India got their voting rights in 1950 only, after the Constitution came into effect.
The Theme for the International Women's Day this Year:
  • "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures" is the 2012 theme of the website and this has been widely used by hundreds of organisations including schools, universities, governments, women’s groups and the private sector. 
  • Each year the United Nations declares an overall International Women's Day theme. Their 2012 theme is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. 
  • Many organisations develop their own themes that are more relevant to their local contexts. For example, the European Parliament's 2012 theme is "Equal pay for work of equal value".