Five facts you need to know about International Women’s Day


Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day is celebrated to commemorate and honour women’s accomplishments, raise awareness about gender disparities and discrimination, as well as promote global support for women.

But what do you know about IWD? We’re here to answer five important questions…

How l

ong has International Women’s Day been celebrated?

Clara Zetkin founded International Women’s Day in 1910CORBIS / HULTON DEUTSCH

On 28 February 1909, the then-active Socialist Party of America celebrated the first National Woman’s Day in commemoration of the 15,000 women who protested in New York against harsh working conditions and lesser wages.

In 1910, Clara Zetkin, a women’s rights advocate and the leader of Germany’s Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party, proposed the idea of a global International Women’s Day.

On 19 March 1911, the first International Women’s Day was held, with more than 1 million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland taking part.

What are the origins of International Women’s Day?

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