Say Hello March!
We are in the beautiful month of March, a fragrant Spring month, where we celebrate all the special women who are the reason our lives bloom. This month will celebrate not just one but two different days dedicated to the women in our lives.
The world celebrates International Women’s Day on 8 March, and the UAE celebrates Mother’s Day on 21 March. Many other countries, including the UK, also celebrate Mother’s Day in March but on different dates.
Let’s dig a bit into the history to understand how this special day came about.
The first International Women’s Day dates back to 28th February 1908 in New York City when 15,000 female textile workers marched in protest of unequal rights at work and a lack of voting rights. The following year the first National Women’s Day was observed by the Socialist Party of America. Then in 1910, at the Socialist International Meeting in Copenhagen, the first global event was held on the 19th March. It wasn’t until 1914 that the date finally settled on the 8th March. The reason being that in 1914 the 8th was on a Sunday and it would be easier for women to attend marches and events on that day.
The annual celebration seeks to focus on the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of women around the world. There are 10 key values which are celebrated: justice, dignity, hope, equality, collaboration, tenacity, appreciation, respect, empathy and forgiveness.
So this year, when you celebrate International Women’s Day, take a moment to think about the real cause behind it.
And do pamper your mum with a special gift on whichever date you celebrate Mother’s Day.
Happy Women’s Month.