International Women's Day 2021

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2021 28 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements. IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea- Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc, with flowers and small gifts. In some countries, IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world, ranging from political rallies, busi- ness conferences, government activities, and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades, and more. Many global corporations actively support IWD by running their own events and campaigns. For example, on March 8, search engine and media giant Google often changes its Google Doodle on its global search pages to honour IWD. Year on year, IWD is certainly a powerful moment, increasing in status. So make a difference, think glob- ally, and act locally! Make every day International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the fu- ture for girls is bright, equal, safe, and rewarding. – Taken from internationalwomensday.com HISTORY CONTINUED FROM 24

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