International Women's Day

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2024 Date8 March 2024
2025 Date8 March 2025

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International Women's Day History

International Women's Day celebrates the socioeconomic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a significant day that invites everyone to acknowledge the strength and resilience women exhibit in their everyday lives and serves as a platform to address issues of gender inequality. The key aspects of International Women's Day include respect, appreciation, and acknowledgement of women's contributions to society and their ongoing fight for gender equality.

International Women's Day has its roots in the early 20th century when, in 1910, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual Women's Day at the International Socialist Women's Conference. It became a global observance in 1975 when the United Nations officially recognised it. In Germany, this day is highly significant, as it resonates with the country's history in leading the push for women's rights and the substantial contributions of German women in all aspects of life from politics to science.

In Germany, International Women's Day is observed with various events such as rallies for gender equality, discussions on women's rights issues, and awards recognising influential women. Traditionally, Germans celebrate the day by giving flowers and small gifts to the women in their lives. In recent years, the city state of Berlin declared International Women's Day a public holiday, demonstrating recent progress in gender equality matters. International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8th.

Facts about International Women's Day

  • The theme for International Women's Day in 2024 was Inspire Inclusion. In 2023 the theme was #BreakTheBias.
  • The United Nations Officially Adopted International Women's Day In 1975.
  • There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • The "Frauenkampftag" or Women's Resistance Day, which coincides with International Women's Day, has a celebrated tradition in Germany, with marches and demonstrations taking place in various parts of the country.
  • After World War II, German women played a significant role in the country's recovery. These 'Trümmerfrauen' or 'rubble women' helped clear and reconstruct the bombed cities of Germany.

Top things to do in Germany for International Women's Day

  • Attend one of many popular Women’s day events including: WeCon Women's Empowerment Conference (Austin, TX), Women of the World Festival (UK), and The Empowerment Bridge (NYC).
  • If you’re a man, show appreciation by performing a chore for your special lady that is typically done by her. This may include cooking, cleaning, child care or anything that the special woman in your life does.
  • Take part in the Women’s March Berlin, also known as Frauensolidarität. This event features speeches, workshops, and musical performances, and aims to promote gender equality.
  • Watch films which relate to women’s empowerment and gender equality such as The Divine Order (2017), Fräulein - A Sicilian Dream, The Unconquered (1953).

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