International Women's day 2017: All you need to know

Mar 08, 2017, 00:05
International Women's day 2017: All you need to know

Just because you can't take the day off work doesn't mean you can't participate in Women's Strike events.

How will you be participating in International Women's Day and A Day Without a Woman?

While in America we observe Women's History Month throughout March, dozens of countries around the world observe International Women's Day on March 8.

The Women of the World festival will take place once again at the Southbank Centre from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 March, with influential speakers, workshops, mentoring sessions and panel discussions featuring comedians, musicians, writers and more. And a number of New Yorkers plan to join in, via a sister event, a "Day Without a Woman".

Several events in Fairbanks going on that day include a noon walk at Creamers field, a 3:30 PM rally at Airport and University, and a 6 PM potluck at the Hub, followed by a letter writing party.

The film forms part of a wider Women Empowerment Program which Benetton launched in 2015 and which covers issues such as equal opportunities, education, healthcare and violence against women. The idea to dedicate this day to women was tabled by Clara Zetkin - leader of the "women's office" for the Social Democratic Party in Germany in 1910.

Things may be far from ideal for women but as long as people continue to fight for equality, there is hope.In several other countries, the day is celebrated with men honouring their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters with gifts.

Women should feel safe, yet nearly one woman a week is murdered by someone she has been intimate with or has known. Since 1913, the organizers of International Women's Day come up with a theme for the extravaganza. There are certain colours which represent women's struggles on International Women's Day, including purple, white and green.

"It's unlawful to strike unless your strike relates to enterprise bargaining and has been approved by a ballot order given by the Fair Work Commission", says director of Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors Luis Izzo. For global Women's Strike events and rallies, visit here. The color, organizers say, symbolizes love and sacrifice.

The Deputy Chairperson of WARD-C, Margaret Kargbo, said there have been frequent calls for women to change the perception of supporting men and go in for the women.

It's important that we learn to appreciate and respect them for their role in our lives and encourage them to lead a complete life.