International Women’s Day to be celebrated around the world this Friday

On Friday 8th March people across the world will be putting their hands out for the iconic #BalanceForBetter. This day marks International Women’s Day, the official day of gender equality. Equality is rejoiced and women are recognised for their achievements, regardless of their ethnicity or political boundaries. International Women’s Day has a rich history and continues to thrive.

Ararat College students attend an International Women’s Day event in 2018
PHOTO: Ararat Community Enterprise (Facebook)

International Women’s Day dates back to February 28, 1909, to acknowledge the strikes by women fighting for better work conditions. It wasn’t until 1910 that Socialist International held a conference, with Women’s Day the main issue. The date was then decided to be March 8 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

The original Women’s Day commenced in 1911. It was a day of rejoicing, celebrated by both women and men, young and old, to acknowledge the importance of equality and recognising prominent women’s achievements.

Locals attend an International Women’s Day event in 2018
PHOTO: Ararat Community Enterprise (Facebook)

The United States soon joined and marked 1975 as theInternational Year of Women. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development andits 17 Sustainable Development Goals, includes Goal 5, “Achieve gender equalityand empower all women and girl”, was later taken on by countries, to further spreadawareness.

Respected feminist, journalist and activist, Gloria Steinem oncesaid, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no singlefeminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all whocare about human rights.”

A function is to be held at the Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat to celebrate International Women’s Day, with ABC presenter and journalist Kirsten Diprose as the special guest this Friday at 1pm.

For catering purposes, please R.S.V.P to 6th March, 2019.