March 8 is International Women’s Day

6 03 2009
IWD Logo

“The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) was a result of the organizing activities of women in the early 20th Century. Between 1909 and 1911, working women in the United States of America participated in organizing strike activities of the National Women’s Trade Union League and other concerned groups. They were protesting against low wages, lack of protective legislation and the very poor working conditions to which women workers were subjected during that time”

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8.   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.

At work earlier,  our HR staff distributed roses to all lady employees at the entrance lobby.  We were also encouraged to wear pink every Friday, starting today for the whole month of March, to commemorate the women’s month celebration.  Among the activities sponsored by the company I worked for are free bone screening and fora on cervical cancer, breast cancer and road rules & safety for lady drivers.

Philippine Logo

This year’s local theme – Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan!  (Woman, You’re an Asset of the Nation!) highlights the critical role of women in nation-building and recognizes that women are an important resource who can contribute to the reduction of poverty.