International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March each year and today marks the 102nd year. International Women’s Day (IWD) was marked the first in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March 1911. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. The date moved to 8th March in 1913 and has remained ever since.
The theme this year is ‘The gender agenda: gaining momentum’ and recognising that although equal rights of women have progressed more work is needed. It is a chance to celebrate through March with events world wide the economic, social and political achievements of women.
The UN also sets a theme and this year it is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”. In May 2011 Council Of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence known as the Istanbul Convention was opened for signatures and is the most far reaching treaty to tackle this issue. Further information on the Council of Europe and the Convention is available on their website.