International Women’s Day Celebration
March 8 is a day set aside to commemorate women who through history have shown valor and caused dramatic changes in their immediate society and the world at large. From time past, women have greatly impacted social, economic, political and lots of other sectors. Many dates mark how the movement for women’s rights started and countries like Russia as far back as 1913 have celebrated National Women’s Day. It wasn’t until 1917 that March 8th became official for honouring women, but even then, just communist countries marked it.
Who Should be Celebrated?
The International Women’s Day however, was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and more countries joined in. Today marks another such day and across the world, women are being celebrated in diverse ways. Some people have made arguments that only very prominent women are being celebrated. A twitter user called them “influential women”. I don’t know how you choose to mark today but like my reply to her, this honour is for every woman. There is no “ordinary woman”, contrary to what she said. Every woman in whatever way is doing her part. The celebration of the ” influential women” if that is the case then should inspire you to be influential in your own way. Today is for the women who have achieved the very obvious like Yaa Asantewa of Ghana, Queen Ana Nzinga of Angola, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti of Nigeria, Queen Elizabeth 1 of England, Alice Paul of the United States of America and many others, just as much as it is for the woman who sells in the fruit market to support her family, the one with a child on her back you bumped into while getting off the bus, the female teacher you made a joke about to your friends and every other woman.
The International Women’s Day is for her. This year’s theme #PressforProgress is more than a wake up call for women. It is a wake up call for everyone. There is still so much to be done to make living better for people the world over. Women are beginning to play major roles to see to it. Even the woman that wakes up early to make sure her children eat and make it to school in good time while she goes on to work. So take the time and appreciate the women in your life; your mum, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, neighbour, endless list. Today is International Women’s Day 2018, celebrate her. Happy International Women’s Day!