International Women’s Day

I proudly share my birthday with one of the biggest worldwide holidays:

International Women’s Day

IWD 2009 celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey

IWD 2009 celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey

On February 28, 1909, the Socialist Party of America called the first National Woman’s Day. A year later, Carla Zetkin of Germany’s Social Democratic party proposed the idea of an international women’s day at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. In 1913, the date of the event was changed to March 8th.

Although the holiday has mostly faded from recognition in the United States, it was celebrated widely in the former USSR, and indeed, mainly other regions throughout the world. Every March 8th women gather all over the world in support of equal pay and treatment, freedom from rape and domestic abuse, a voice in civil society, and many other issues facing women including combating sex trafficking and the need for better health care.

A IWD in Kabul, Afghanistan

A IWD gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan

2009 IWD March in Madrid

2009 IWD March in Madrid

The Men of Madrid Getting in on the Act

The Men of Madrid Getting in on the Act

An Activist Burning a Hajib in Oslo, Norway. I know there are speical issues about women's rights in the Islamic world, but I don't necessarily agree with such, eh-hem, incinderary tactics and automatic assumptions that the veil equals repression.

An activist burning a hijab in Oslo, Norway. I know there are special issues concerning women's rights and freedoms in the Islamic world, but I often don't agree with such self-righteous and, eh-hem, incendiary tactics, nor do I buy into the assumption that the veil automatically equals repression.

Ladies in Lima, Peru Making their Way to a March

Ladies in Lima, Peru Making their Way to a March

IWD Marchers in Karachi, Pakistan

IWD Marchers in Karachi, Pakistan

2009 IWD Parade in Warsaw, Poland

2009 IWD March in Warsaw, Poland

2009 IWD in Hong Kong

2009 IWD in Hong Kong

And finally, to the future. The Butterfly Girl of Guatemala.

And finally, to the future. The Butterfly Girl of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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