8th of March: International Women’s Day

Yelnur Abdushev

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March worldwide. It is a special day to celebrate economic, social, political, and cultural achievements of women. The first Women’s Day was held on 28th of February, 1909 in New York City, which was organized by the socialist party of America. Later, the United Nations adopted International Women’s Day and began to celebrate in 1975, and in 1977 the 8th of March was proclaimed as the UN day for “women’s rights and world peace”. Women’s Day is celebrated differently in different parts of the world.

In Russia, the 8th of March is celebrated similarly to Valentine’s Day. Women are gifted flowers, chocolate, and other gifts. It is common to celebrate it at school as well. Boys congratulate girls in class and offer presents. In France various marches are organized by communities. Last year, a march promoting women’s rights was planned in Paris for Women’s International Day. In the United States, the 8th of march is not a national holiday however, the month of March is proclaimed Women’s History Month each year.

I think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day to recognize women’s achievements in all aspects of human life. You can engage in different activities during the pandemic to celebrate the women’s achievements on the 8th of March or during Women’s History Month. I encourage you to participate in any activity, such as joining  an online event, organizing a mini celebration with your own family, attending an online discussion group  and more. Happy Women’s day!