In a short video، United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke about International Women’s Day. He said، “The empowerment of women is our most important objective.”
Guterres called the issue of empowerment the greatest human rights challenge of our time.
International Women’s Day has been observed in one way or another for more than 100 years.
Possibly the earliest observance took place in the United States in 1909. A group of about 15،000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand shorter work hours، better pay and voting rights. Since then، the event has developed into “a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.”
In 1911، people in Austria، Denmark، Germany and Switzerland celebrated the first International Women’s Day on March 19. More than one million women and men attended demonstrations in support of a woman’s right to work، vote، study and hold public office.
The United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975.