International Women’s Day seen through Afghanistan’s lens

18 Jun 2020  Thu

International Women’s Day is observed on the 8th of March every year around the world. The earliest Women's Day was held on 28th February 1909 at New York City and was called as National Women’s Day. It was organised by the Socialist Party of America in support of the basic rights of women garment workers. The Americans continued to celebrate National Women's Day on the last Sunday in February. In the International Socialist Women’s Conference 1910, Clara Zetkin and Kate Duncker proposed to observe Women’s Day annually. In 1917, women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia and thereafter 8 March became a national holiday for them. The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan. Afghani women celebrate this day by remembering the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with this they make a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In 1981 Afghanistan issued a stamp of International Women’s Day. Image Courtesy:

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