Today is International Women’s Day! Observed since the early 1900s, March 8th is now an official holiday in many countries and the inspiration for thousands of events worldwide held to celebrate women and their accomplishments.
Today in Cambodia, for example, women are holding a photography exhibit to showcase women’s contributions in rebuilding the country and in India women are using the day to hold a seminar on the law and domestic violence.
Unfortunately, not all governments are too happy about International Women’s Day. As previously reported, over 30 women in Iran were arrested this week, which according to Amnesty International, was a deliberate move to deter women from organizing IWD events.
The United Nations, its agencies and regional offices are commemorating the day through various events, including a discussion today on eliminating violence against women in Afghanistan.