SINCE the early 1900s many countries throughout the world have observed International Women's Day on March 8 every year.
With the changing social and political dynamics of the 1900s, the second International Conference of Working Women brought about the creation of a day to celebrate, promote and aid women's rights.
Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party of Germany, suggested that every year each country should have a day to press for women's rights — thus International Women's Day was created.
March 8 is now an official holiday in many countries, with some nations even celebrating it like another Mother's Day — an opportunity to give the important women in everyone's lives gifts and flowers.
The theme for 2013, as promoted on the website: internationalwomensday.com is:
"The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum".
This year celebrates the achievements of women all over the world, while generating awareness for the continuing efforts of women everywhere in their quest for equal rights.
Each year members of the United Nations (UN) also declare a theme.
This year the UN's theme is:
"A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women".
International Women's Day gives every woman the chance to get information about equal rights as well as promote this important social and personal goal.
● Details: For more information, visit internationalwomensday.com.