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We will be here in Chester’s prestigious Town Hall in a couple of weeks taking part in the celebration of International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is celebrated officially on 8 March every year although the earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York.
The day has been embraced as a time of expression for equality, working rights, voting rights and protest for justice for a whole host of female issues. Over time there have been many women led marches, rally’s and strikes around this time of year.
International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the globe on the same day.
The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan,Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan,Belarus,Burkina Faso,Cambodia,China (for women only), Cuba,Georgia,Guinea-Bissau,Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos,Macedonia (for women only), Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal (for women only),Russia,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan, Uganda,Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
In many countries it is customary for men to give the women in their lives – friends, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. – flowers and small gifts. In the UK it coincides with Mother’s Day which is celebrated on the 6th March this year.
While it is a day of celebration, we have after all come a long way culturally, economically and socially which definitely requires celebration I also see it as a time to reflect on the very real struggle women across the globe face and how actual progress can also be slow for change to happen.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.
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