International Women’s Day is a worldwide event celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements while calling to action for gender equality.
A quick history of International Women’s Day
Even though the UN did not recognize the formal celebration until 1975, International Women’s Day had been celebrated by women since the early 1900s. The first women march happened in 1908, 15,000 women marched the streets of New York City for the very first time demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights.
It was not until 1910, a German activist and advocate for women’s right, named Clara Zetkin proposed that every year there should be a celebration of women, an International Women’s Day. In 1911, International Women’s Day was honoured and celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. In 1913, the date of International Women’s Day was changed to 8th March and ever since remained the global date for International Women’s Day.
The aim of International Women’s Day is to achieve full gender equality for women globally. A gender pay gap continues to persist across the world, violence and abuse against women still prevail and women are not being treated as an equal member in business or politics.
If you are wondering how you can be part of this special occasion, check out these events that celebrate International Women’s Day in Hong Kong:
International Women's Day, An Urban Garden Gathering
Join us for An Urban Garden Gathering where we will celebrate this global movement with live music, stories, song, and dance by remarkable women of Hong Kong, an inspiring eve that you will not want to miss. Don't forget to check out niin's selection (up to 30%) for International Women's Day at the event!
Let’s aim to build a gender-balanced world, encourage gender balance in boardrooms, in media and in wealth to better the economy! #BalanceforBetter
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