International Women’s Day is an international holiday celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It was first celebrated in the United States on 28 February 1909, but the following year, at the first International Conference of Women in Copenhagen, at the initiative of Clara Zetkin, it was decided to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, in memory of the protests of female workers in the textile industry held in New York in 1857.
As International Women’s Day, 8 March was first officially celebrated in 1911 by more than a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The first celebration of Women’s Day in Serbia was organised in Belgrade in 1914.
In the early 1970s, the United Nations officially declared 8 March International Women’s Day, and today it is celebrated around the world, and in more than 55 countries it is an official national holiday. In Serbia, this day is celebrated as an official holiday since the end of the Second World War. The established practice and customs of celebrating Women’s Day around the world are similar – it is a day when women are given special attention, given flowers and gifts and congratulated on their day. However, Women’s Day is much more than that – recognition of all women for their social, scientific, political, creative, sports and all other personal achievements, encouragement and support to do even more to promote women’s rights and fight for full equality.
Our society is committed to Women’s Day retaining its true meaning and conducting a continuous struggle for full respect for women and their equality in all areas.
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