MNA Feature Desk: The International Women’s Day is being observed in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, on Thursday with a call to help forge a better, inclusive and gender-equal world.
The theme of this year’s day is – Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’.
International Women’s Day can be traced back to the time when about 15,000 women in New York marched the city asking for suffrage rights, shorter work hours and a better pay. This occurred in the year 1908.
Post that, in 1909, National Women’s Day was observed on February 28 in the United States. It was declared and organized by the Socialist Party of America by the suggestion of Theresa Malkiel.
In August 1910, it was proposed in the ‘women’s office’ of the Socialist Democratic party of Germany that every year, International Women’s Day be observed. The idea was proposed by Clara Zetkin, who was the leader of the office.
The main objective of the day was to further women rights, suffrage rights in particular. The proposal got unanimous support by over 100 women across 17 countries. These women included the first three women who were elected in the Finnish Parliament. However, no specific date was decided to observe the day.