This Sunday marks the celebration of International Women’s Day, a day to commemorate the social, economic, and political achievements of women as well as calling for greater equality and women’s rights throughout the globe. This year’s theme is Make It Happen (#MakeItHappen for the tech savvy among you).

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The event can be traced back to 1909, organised by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

In August 1910, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an International Woman’s Day to promote equal rights and women’s suffrage.

On 19 March 1911, International Women’s Day was observed for the first time by over a million people in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Whether you choose to mark the occasion by getting involved with a local initiative, or just by remembering women who have worked hard to ensure equality throughout the globe remember to show your support this International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day fun facts

International Women’s Day is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Eritrea, Laos, Madagascar, Mongolia, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zambia, to name a few countries.

In Bulgaria, IWD is considered an equivalent of Mother’s Day, and children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give the women in their lives yellow mimosas.

In Portugal, groups of women celebrate by holding women-only dinner parties.

In Poland the day is more of a political celebration, whereby large feminist demonstrations in major cities take place.

Perhaps most bizarrely, in Taiwan, International Women’s Day is marked by the annual release of a government survey on women’s waist sizes!