Celebrating Women This International Women's Day

It's being called the "International Women's Strike", or "A Day Without a Woman", and organizers say it's meant to send a clear message that women do a lot wherever they are working and that the world would miss women if they stopped working.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday extended his "best wishes" to all women of the world for International Women's Day, observed on March 8, and urged Indians to reaffirm their commitment to gender equality in the country.

The first International Women's Day was observed on February 28, 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.

She said: "International Women's Day is a day is to celebrate the achievements and steps we have made over the years".

She said "women need to look inwards now more than ever to be able to determine with drives and interest them; there are so many opportunities in the world today that we can all leverage on instead of copying other people". They say that, because many women can not afford to take a day off work, the protest only includes those at a higher economic level. They're also encouraging women to shop only at small businesses owned by fellow females.

Through #SheMeansBusiness, a program that Facebook launched previous year to support, celebrate and empower women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, we will host a global Facebook Live event.

Vuniwaqa says women account for 49% of our total population and are the most vulnerable to poverty, domestic violence, abuse, and access to services. Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia said more than 300 staff members requested to take off work Wednesday.

Organizers aim to recognize, in addition to their outlined "Unity Principles", the many reports of women receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequalities like workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.

We're all feminists here, and we totally support the "strike".

According to Abudu, women have special gifts that allow them to deliver and can be successful in whatever they are doing.

Taking the day off shouldn't cause trouble for most women-IF they follow their employer's rules for doing it. "There are no requirements for a group to join, just the solidarity of standing by women".

  • Joanne Flowers