International Women’s Day


If you haven’t seen online or checked out snapchat’s cute new filter for today then you will already know that today is International Women’s Day and we here at BellTime are celebrating.

Today, March 8th is IWD 2016. It is a celebration which recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. With this year’s campaign calling to action for the accelerating gender parity. With it been globally celebrated in about 27 countries including Ireland we thought we would share some of the important dates which have made this day possible.

Key Dates in International Women’s Day History

March 19th, 1911: This was actually the first date chosen to celebrate IWD because it commemorated the day Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women in 1848.

March 8th, 1913: It was then later moved to this date and has remained the same till today.

1975: This was the year that the UN drew global attention to women’s concerns by calling for an International Women’s Year. It was also when we first saw the first conference of women in Mexico City that year.

March 8th, 1977: In this year the UN General Assembly then invited member states to proclaim that this date as the UN Day of Women’s Rights and International Peace.

2016 and BEYOND: We have witnessed a significant change in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality. However, there is still so much to overcome as women are still not paid the same as their male counterparts, they are still not represented equally in business or politics and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them are still worse than men.

We still have a long way to go to create a peaceful and equal world but we are definitely heading in the right direction.

So, let us know if you are and how you’re celebrating International Women’s Day 🙂