International Women's Day Facts You Need to Know

Kitack Lim

IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim

International Women's Day is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year and should be a federal holiday. The date is already an official holiday in Russian Federation and Cuba as well as parts of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

The designation as an official holiday means "fighting for gender equality and women's rights", Berlin Governing Mayor Michael Müller said.

Müller said equal pay for equal work has still not been achieved, adding that there is a 23 percent difference between men's and women's salaries.

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On 8 March a year ago, more than 5 million people across Spain took part in an unprecedented feminist strike to mark International Women's Day and demand gender equality, according to labour unions. But after switching gears to tweet a statistic about women's unemployment, the president released a statement on International Women's Day. "It is a class struggle that wants to support racialized women and transgender [people], women around the world, and to put an end to patriarchy and the precariousness of all class workers".

To honour women rights and appreciate women in our lives, the I global W omen's day is widely celebrated across the world on March 8 every year.

"We're in the 100th year of women's suffrage but we still have a lot to do", German Family and Women's Minister Franziska Giffey told DW Thursday. We have to make sure that social professions are valued.

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Police figures show that a woman dies of domestic violence in Germany every three days - a point not lost on the local Alliance of International Feminists.

On Friday, unions, feminist groups, and left-wing political parties planned 1,400 marches and rallies in Madrid, Barcelona, and cities throughout the country, guided by the slogan, "If we stop, the world stops". Organizers reportedly plan to protest against poverty and unpaid labor that often falls upon women.

Obama closed the thread by reiterating that these three women remind him what International Women's Day is all about: "Imagining a world free of artificial ceilings for the next generation - and doing the hard work to get us there".

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