Happy International Women's Day!

PNG REPORT wishes all its women readers in Papua New Guinea – and the wider Pacific Islands region – a very happy and restful International Women’s Day on Sunday.
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Staff Reporter

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year as it is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
 
Wikipedia notes that after the Socialist Party of America organised a Women's Day in New York City on February 28, 1909, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference that March 8 be honoured as a day annually in memory of working women.
 
The day has been celebrated as International Women's Day or International Working Women's Day ever since. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there.
 
The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the feminist movement in about 1967. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1975.
 
Commemoration of International Women's Day today ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere,  In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

 

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