8 March 2011

The Centennial-International Women's Day: 1911-2011

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Today is 8th day of March. The day has been special one for women all around the world since 1911, because it is admitted to be the International Women's Day. This special moment is a global day, which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. The first International Women's Day events took place in 1911. Meanwhile, the current events are taking place under the theme of Global Centenary Year.

The theme mounted by the United Nations for the 2011 IWD celebration deals with equal access to education, training, and science and technology. These aspects are believed to be the path to decent work for women.

The history:

Actually the first International Women's Day was commemorated on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. This event was proposed during the Socialist International meeting at the beginning of the year. Later, in 1975, during the International Women's year, the United Nations decided to have the eighth day of March as the official date for the International Women's Day. In 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that announced a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. This momentum is also known as "message from the Secretary-General".

Below are events related to the 2011 International Women's Day:

1. UN Women: events around the world to commemorate International Women, organized and co-sponsored by UN Women.
2. United Nations in Geneva: celebrating the 100 anniversary of International Women's Day with the UN in Geneva.
3. Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO): launch of the 2010-2011 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture report, in which closing the gender gap in agriculture becomes the major theme.
4. International Labour Organization (ILO): ILO celebrates International Women's Day.
5. ILO and UN Women: award ceremony on prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.
6. International Telecommunication Union (ITU): high-level debate on "Goodby to the IT girl: Why are young women deserting technology?"
7. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.
8. United Nations Educational, Scientifid and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): UNESCO celebrates International Women's Day 2011; Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011 "The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education."; UNESCO launches Women Make the Events 2011.
9. World Health Organization (WHO): 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.
10. United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, Austria: Panel discussion on "100 years International Women's Day: Time to celebrate? Achievements and Prospects."
11. United Nations Regional Information Center for Western Europe (UNRIC): International Women's Day Event in Brussels, Belgium.

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