100th anniversary of International Women’s Day

This year, we commit the 100th anniversary of the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY. On 19 March 1911*) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, more than one million women and men for the first time attended the First International Women’s Day to make aware about the unacceptable and dangerous working conditions that millions of women had to face worldwide.

On 25 March 1911, the tragic “Triangle Fire” in New York City took the lives of more than 140 women working in inhuman working conditions at the Triangle Waist Factory, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event finally drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States and also became a substantial issue of International Women’s Day events.

In 1911, in only two countries women had the right to vote. Within this 100 years women have achieved so much,  women’s movement is one of the most successful projects of the 20th century.  In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.As one example, 100 years ago, women were struggling for their right to access to University – today in many countries more young women than men get graduated. Two weeks ago, the UN WOMEN entity was launched, another success of women’s movement.

On the other hand, commemorating the Triangle fire, it took 100 years until the last six victims of the Triangle Fire could be identified, the news  about the identification were released 2 weeks ago. This is too long! We have to admit, that neither sweatshops nor inhuman and unequal conditions for women and girls have disappeared. Be part of taking responsibility for a just, peaceful and human world; for equality for all women and men, all girls and boys, regardless to their religion, their sexual or political orientation, to their nationality (being documented or not), ethnicity.

All the best for INT. WOMEN’S DAY!

Related LINKS:
UN WOMEN Message from Executive Director Michelle Bachelet
Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business
Video INVISIBLES – igualdad de género

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About birgitstoeckl

gender & communication expert, researcher, networker, activist.
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