International Women’s Day 2019! How the day began and why the fight for women’s rights is still necessary

How the day began and why the fight for women's rights is still necessary

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.

It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8 (today). It is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities. The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.

But how did the celebratory day begin – and what are women uniting against this year? Here is everything you need to know.

How did it start?

It’s difficult to say exactly when IWD (as it’s known) began. Its…

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