International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Today, on March 8, women in different parts of the world celebrate International Women's Day. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested a Women's Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Today, International Women's Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where ladies are getting small presents.

More information on History of International Women’s Day can be found on

#MirVisaTravel congratulates all the ladies on International Women's Day!

Here in South Africa, this day is not a public holiday as in Russia, but #MirVisaTravel spent wonderful time with lovely ladies from the International Women’s Club Durban learning to prepare Turkish dishes.

And how did you celebrate 8 March 2019? Please tell us about it and add your photos to the comments on Facebook and Instagram @olgamirvisa

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