What you need to know about International Women's Day!

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By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid

International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide but do you how it all started and it is all about?

Here's some interesting facts that you want to know!

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Did you know that International Women's Day was first celebrated on Mar 19 in 1911?

The inaugural event which included rallies and organised meetings was a big success in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. 

The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women in 1848. 

The promise gave hope for equality but it was a promise that he failed to keep.

Hence, the date was moved to March 8 in 1913.

International Women's Day aims to bring the society's attention to the social, economic, political, and cultural issues that women face.

It is also a day to recognize women who've contributed to the advancement of women.

The original idea was inspired by America's National Women's Day, Feb 28, 1909 which was declared by the Socialist Party of America.

United Nations began celebrating International Women's day starting 1975.

1975 was also the beginning the UN decade for women.

Every year, there will be a theme for the day and for 2019, the theme is #BalanceforBetter.

According to International Women's Day website, 2019 celebrations is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and celebration of women's achievements.

It is also aims to reduce the global pay gap between men and women, and making sure all are equal and balanced in activist movements, boardrooms and more. 

Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.

The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage... Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Show your support by putting your hands out and do the #BalanceforBetter pose and spread it over the social media!

Happy International Women's Day!