100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

March 8, 2010

Today we mark one hundred years since the first International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated in 1911.  The idea of the annual day was introduced by Clara Zetkin, a German women’s rights advocate. Clara proposed that every year, in every country there should be a celebration on the same day to help press for women’s rights. In the 1975, International Women’s day was given official recognition by the United Nations and was also recognised by many governments.  For themes, highlights and events for this years celebrations, visit the IWD website.

Though there is still far to go till we reach social, economic and political equality, significant steps forward are made each day..  below for example, the World Food Program‘s video demonstrates how, when empowered, women break free from poverty and hunger.