INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (#BeBoldForChange)
Did you know that women in New York were denied voting rights, equal pay with the counterpart males and had to work for longer hours until the great women protest in 1908 that involved over 15000 women who marched through the city of New York demanding equal rights and pay?”
Did you know that the international women day was originally observed as National Women’s Day on the 28th of February only in America, until 1910 when CLARA ZETKIN, (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day at the second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen?
You may have heard that on the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote in Russia.
Over the years, great women of different colours and races have risen amidst surrounding oppression and injustice to speak against injustice to the woman folk, to say yes to gender equality and female Education! To say no to racism and even yes to world peace and stability!
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This day has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies that almost silenced the woman race
This year’s theme focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”
For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange
We Call on the masses to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world
Let’s join the voices of the Great Ida Bells, Lee Tai-young, Sally Ride, Miriam Makeba, our very own Chimamanda Adichie to say Yes To A Gender Equal World
In the words of world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”
So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
Spread the word today!
Happy March 8! Happy Women’s Day!!
The Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) is saying yes today TO A GENDER EQUAL WORLD