By Liana Smith-Bautista
International Women’s Day, or IWD, was first celebrated in Copenhagen in 1911, making this year’s celebration the 99th year for International Women’s Day. This day is just one day out of the year in which the world is called upon to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of women to society—all women, regardless of nationality, occupation, cultural orientation, economic position, or politics.
More than that, it is a day when people must learn about past oppressions and celebrations of womanhood but also look toward the future of women all around the world. For this purpose, the United Nations has declared this year’s IWD theme to be “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all” (last year’s, if you may recall, was “Women and men united to end violence against women and girls”).
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