The first International Women's Day was held in 1911 and many events around the world are held each year to mark the day and shine a spotlight on women's issues.
March 8 is now a public holiday in the city-state of Berlin after its parliament approved the change in January. It wasn't until March 8, 1975 when, during International Women's Year, the United Nations celebrated it as an official holiday. The Socialist Party of America designated the date after thousands of women marched for better working conditions and higher pay in New York City in 1908. And since then, the awareness regarding this day has increased many fold over the years and this important day is now widely being accepted and celebrated through the world.
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On 8 March past year, more than 5 million people across Spain took part in an unprecedented feminist strike to mark International Women's Day and demand gender equality, according to labour unions. Women demanded the right to vote, right to work, vocational training and the end of discrimination in the workplace.
March 8, 2019 is International Women's Day.
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Police figures show that a woman dies of domestic violence in Germany every three days - a point not lost on the local Alliance of International Feminists. Organizers reportedly plan to protest against poverty and unpaid labor that often falls upon women.
She says the Alliance also intends to highlight the treatment of women in jail and asylum centres, campaigning under the slogan "United we get what we want".
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