20110308 International Womens Day ADDC Special Edition Newsletter


The first IWD was observed on 19 March 1911 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.




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International Women's Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future and, in particular, the right to vote for women. International Women's Day honours the work of campaigners of women’s rights, celebrates women's success and reminds us of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911. 2011 is the Global Centenary Year. Despite great achievements in the past 100 years, significant inequities persist.

Women are more likely to be poor and have less access than men to education and paid employment. Women are disproportionately affected by mental health, behavioural and social conditions including depression, anxiety, sexual and domestic violence and substance use. Pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable time. Annually on this day, hundreds of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. ADDC bring you a snap shot of events and issues that are being highlighted on this day. We invite you to let us know how you celebrated the day and promoted the efforts, achievements and issues of women in developing countries.