#EngKnowledge: International Women’s Day

Hi, fellas! In Indonesia, 9 March 2016 was a national holiday to celebrate Hindu’s day of silence. Not only that, we also experienced solar eclipse. Some witnessed total solar eclipse, some partial. Did you see it?

The day before that, 8 March 2016, the world commemorated something. Do you know what it was? Yes! The world commemorated International Women’s Day. That’s our session tonight!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women. And today, we’ll be sharing with you the historical journey of International Women’s Day.

1908: 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909: The first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February.

1910: A second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day there.

1911: International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March.

1913: Following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March.

1975: International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations.

1996: The UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme – which was “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”.

2000: International Women’s Day activity around the world had stalled in many countries.

2011: The 100 year centenary of International Women’s Day-with the 1st IWD event held exactly 100 years ago in 1911.

2016 and beyond: Great improvements have been made although there are still unfortunate facts involving women.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day was #PledgeForParity. Find out more here: https://t.co/Mr6syzr5Mo

That’s our session about International Women’s Day.

Don’t forget to check our website for more things about English. See you tomorrow! :)

Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

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