International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on March 8, to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. It first emerged in the early 20th century due to the activities of the labour movement in North America and Europe. Today, on March 8, we celebrate the achievements, courage and determination of women throughout history who stood up and called for change.
International Women’s Day is yet another wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Jane Walker-Arnott, our founder. Tabeetha School is a living testimony to the will and determination of this extraordinary woman, a lady with a great vision who believed in a just and egalitarian society and devoted her life empowering the women of Jaffa.
A Brief History of International Women’s Day (IWD)
February 28, 1909 – First “National Woman’s Day,” held in New York, organised by the Socialist Party of America in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
August 1910 – an International Socialist Women’s Conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, where delegates (100 women from 17 countries) united to promote equal rights for women.
March 19, 1911 – as a result of the Copenhagen Conference, IWD was celebrated across Austria, Denmark, Germany , Switzerland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where over 1 million women demanded the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination.
1913-1914 – International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I .
March 8, 1917 – Women in Saint Petersburg went on strike for “Bread and Peace”, demanding the end of World War I, an end to Russian food shortages, and the end of czarism. This marked the beginning of the Russian Revolution and four days later,after the Czar’s abdication, the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
March 8, 1975 –International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations and proclaimed as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
To all the women around the world, Happy Women’s Day! May you continue to lead and inspire us!