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International Women’s Day Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Arabic Language, Culture, Vocabulary

International Women’s Day

         Google celebrates today the International Women’s Day يــَــوْمُ الــمــَــــــرأة الــعــَـــــالــَــمــِــــــــيّ  (IWD), so ‘Happy International Women’s Day‘ to all women all over the world. The day is marked on March 8th every year and is a national holiday عــُــطـــْـــلــــَـــة in many countries. The focus of the celebration ranges from showing respect اِحــْـــتــِـــــرام  , appreciation تـــَـــقـــْـــــديـــــِـــــر and love towards women to celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements إنـــْــــجـــَـــــازات . The occasion summarizes the story of ordinary women as history-makers; a story which is deeply rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal foot  عــَــلـــى قـــَــــدَم الــمــُـــســَـــــــــاوَاة with men.

      Celebrating the International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s which  was a time of great turbulence اِضــطــــراب and expansion in the industrialized world الــعــَــــالـــَـــــــم الــصــِّـــــنــَــــاعيّ that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

       In 1908, there was great unrest and critical debate amongst women الــنـــِّـــســَـــــاء . Women’s oppression and inequality was pushing women to become more and more active نــَــــشــــِــــيـــــــط in calling for change. More than 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours of work, better pay and the right to vote. In 1909, the first National Women’s Day   (NWD) was declared on 28 February by the Socialist Party of America الـحـــِـــــزبُ الاشــْــــتـــِـــرَاكــــِيّ الأمــْـــريــــكــِـــــــيّ .

       In 1910 and during a conference of Working Women inCopenhagen, a German woman called Clara Zitken presented the idea of an international Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country, there should be a celebration اِحـــْــــتــــِــــفـــَـــــــال  on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. All the 100 women attending the conference مـــُــــؤتــــَـــمـــَــــر from different countries approved the idea and thus  International Women’s Day was the result. On March 19, 1911, the International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights حـــُـــــقــــــُـــــوق الــمــَــــرأة to work, vote, be trained, hold public office and end discrimination الــتـــَّــــمـــْــــيــــيـــز .

        During the first World War, Russian woman observed their first International Women’s Day on the last February 1913. Later on that year the day was transferred to March 8 and since then this day has remained the global date for celebrating the International Women’s Day. In 1914, further women inEuropeheld rallies to campaign against war الـــحــــَــــرْب  and to express women’s solidarity.

     Since its birth in the socialist movement, the International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and undeveloped countries alike. For many years, the United Nations الأمـــَــــم الــمـــُــــتـــــَّــــــحـــِــــدة  has held and annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes.


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