Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Celebrating International Women's Day in 2010

This year, the theme for International Women's Day as designated by the UN is "Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all". I can't think of a better theme for the first Women's Day of the new decade. Some of you may wonder why such an occasion is still observed. Think of it as a civil awareness/human rights day. While women may not face the same struggles as we did 100 years ago, it continues to be vitally important to bring awareness to the issues modern women face today, and gender discrimination still endured by both women and men (International Men's Day takes place on November 19th).
However, in many countries the day has lost its political meaning, and become something like a mashup of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. Less history, more ladies' appreciation. In Italy, Brazil, and much of Eastern Europe, it is traditional to give flowers or chocolates to one's mother, sister, wife, girlfriend or colleagues.
So we say: celebrate the women in your life! Let them know on this day, that they are appreciated for all the hard work they put into their careers, their families, their friendships and passions. Show it with flowers!

For more on International Women' Day visit the UN WomenWatch website here.

2 comments:

Susanne said...

Alot of people don't realise that the majority of people hungry around the world are women... and yet these women produce 60-80% of the food! The answer to hunger, I really believe lies with women. You can send a message of solidarity to women across the world for International Women’s Day at http://wfp.org/women

Ashley said...

Flowers are very presious gift for women life because flowers rcognize the own color and meaning. It also represent your word and feeling toword anyone. So flowers are very close to heart and it also eye catching and eye pleasing.......