WOMEN’S DAY| 8 MARCH

8 MARCH 2013

8 MARCH 2013

On International Women’s Day 2013

Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world’s women?

 

The United Nations General Assembly, composed of delegates from every Member State, celebrates International Women’s Day to recognize that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.

For the women of the world, the Day is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

You might think that women’s equality benefits mostly women, but every one-percentile growth in female secondary schooling results in a 0.3 percent growth in the economy. Yet girls are often kept from receiving education in the poorest countries that would best benefit from the economic growth.

 

Until the men and women work together to secure the rights and full potential of women, lasting solutions to the world’s most serious social, economic and political problems are unlikely to be found.

 

In recent decades, much progress has been made. On a worldwide level, women’s access to education and proper health care has increased; their participation in the paid labor force has grown; and legislation that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their human rights has been adopted in many countries. The world now has an ever- growing number of women participating in society as policy-makers.

However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men.

The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women.

 

On average, women receive between 30 and 40 per cent less pay than men earn for the same work.

 

And everywhere, women continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women of reproductive age worldwide.

The idea of an International Women’s Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies.

On 8 March 1857, women working in clothing and textile factories (called ‘garment workers’) in New York City, in the United States, staged a protest. They were fighting against inhumane working conditions and low wages. The police attacked the protestors and dispersed them. Two years later, again in March, these women formed their first labour union to try and protect themselves and gain some basic rights in the workplace.

 

On 8 March 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights and an end to child labour. They adopted the slogan “Bread and Roses”, with bread symbolizing economic security and roses a better quality of life. In May, the Socialist Party of America designated the last Sunday in February for the observance of National Women’s Day.

 

Following the declaration of the Socialist Party of America, the first ever National Woman’s Day was celebrated in the United States on 28 February 1909. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913.

 

An international conference, held by socialist organizations from around the world, met in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1910. The conference of the Socialist International proposed a Women’s Day which was designed to be international in character. The proposal initially came from Clara Zetkin, a German socialist, who suggested an International Day to mark the strike of garment workers in the United States. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, including the first three women elected to the parliament of Finland. The Day was established to honour the movement for women’s rights, including the right to vote (known as ‘suffrage’). At that time no fixed date was selected for the observance.

The declaration of the Socialist International had an impact. The following year, 1911, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The date was March 19 and over a million men and women took to the streets in a series of rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work and an end to discrimination on the job.

Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took place. Over 140 workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish immigrant girls working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, lost their lives because of the lack of safety measures. The Women’s Trade Union League and the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union led many of the protests against this avoidable tragedy, including the silent funeral march which brought together a crowd of over 100,000 people. The Triangle Fire had a significant impact on labour legislation and the horrible working conditions leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of International Women’s Day.

As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

 

With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February 1917 to strike for “bread and peace”. Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women went on anyway.

 

The rest is history: Four days later the Czar of Russia was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia, but coincided with 8 March on the Gregorian calendar used by people elsewhere.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.

In December 1977 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Four global United Nations women’s conferences have helped make the demand for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic process a growing reality.

 

In 1975 the UN drew global attention to women’s concerns by calling for an International Women’s year and convening the first conference on women in Mexico City. Another convention was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980.

 

In 1985, the UN convened a third conference on women in Nairobi, Kenya, to look at what had been achieved at the end of the decade.

In 1995, Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. Representatives from 189 different countries agreed that inequalities between women and men has serious consequences for the well-being of all people. The conference declared a set of goals for progress of women in various areas including politics, health, and education. The final document issued by the conference (called the “Platform for Action”) had this to say: “The advancement of women and the achievement of equality between women and men are a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice and should not be seen in isolation as a women’s issue.”

 

Five years later, in a 23rd special session of the United Nations General Assembly, “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century” reviewed the progress the world has made towards achieving the goals set out by the Beijing conference. This conference has come to be known as the “Beijing +5” conference. Delegates found both progress and perservering obstacles. The delegates made further agreements to continue carrying out the initiatives of the 1995 women’s conference.

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  3. Cwan Knno says:

    women’s day is not yet meant for celebration for women’s of Countries like Afghanistan, pakistan, India, Mozambique and many more..

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  4. John Rambo says:

    BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN
    Why American men should not marry American women

    http://boycottamericanwomen.blogspot.com/

    I am an American man, and I have decided to never marry an American woman. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    I encourage ALL American men to NEVER MARRY American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

    Tens of millions of American men have had their lives completely destroyed by American women through the following crimes:

    1. False rape accusations (it has been proven that up to 80 percent of rape accusations are FALSE)

    2. False domestic violence (DV) charges (same as above, and up to 40 percent of domestic violence victims are MALE, with their female partners INITIATING the violence)

    3. False sexual harassment charges

    4. Financial destruction of men in divorce courts through alimony and support payments (women get up to 95 percent of their ex-husband’s income and savings, as well as the house, car, etc)

    5. Emotional destruction of men by ex-wives who have stolen their children from them and forbidden the fathers from having custody or contact with their own children

    6. Divorced dads who commit suicide as a result

    Not one single American woman has EVER condemned their fellow American women for committing these crimes against men. Silence means consent. Therefore, American women support and enjoy destroying men’s lives and causing men to commit suicide. Apparently, American women think it is okay to be a criminal, just as long as you are a woman. Therefore, is it any surprise that a huge percent of American men no longer want anything to do with American women, other than using them for easy sex and then throwing them away?

    The women always say “Well, not all women are like that”. Okay, if that is true, then why are there no American women who are speaking out against feminism? Sorry, but YOU ARE ALL EXACTLY LIKE THAT! I personally have asked over 2,000 American women during the past year to help me speak out against feminism. Only two agreed to help me. So, the other 99.9 percent of women support feminism and feminism’s crimes against men either directly or indirectly through their silence. So whenever a woman says “Not all women are like that”, they are LYING. THEY ARE ALL EXACTLY LIKE THAT!!! And if they are not all like that? Then why don’t they speak out against feminism and the crimes that their fellow women commit against men?

    American women hate men so much that they do not even care if you commit suicide. In America, 25,000 men kill themselves every year, many of them due to the abuse they have received from their ex-wives and through the divoce courts. Do the women speak out against feminism even then? No. They could care less if men kill themselves. Even if their OWN SONS kill themselves due to the abuse they have received from their ex-wives or through the divorce/custody courts, EVEN THEN THE WOMEN WILL STILL NOT SPEAK OUT. To all the men reading this- your own mothers do not care if you kill yourself. If you are abused by your ex-wife in divorce and have your children kidnapped from you by your ex-wife, and as a result you become emotionally depressed and end up committing suicide? Guess what? NO WOMEN WILL GIVE A DAMN! EVEN YOUR OWN MOTHERS WILL NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST FEMINISM. So, indeed, ALL WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT. Do not listen to the lies of the women when they claim “There are some good women out there, we are not all like that”. Okay, if there are some “good women” out there, then why aren’t they speaking out against feminism and women who commit crimes against men?

    And when I speak about this very serious subject about men who have their children kidnapped and denied custody or contact by their ex-wives and who commit suicide as a result of being thus emotionally devasted? You know what the most common reaction from women is? THEY LAUGH ABOUT IT. THAT IS CORRECT. WOMEN WILL LAUGH AT YOU IF YOU COMMIT SUICIDE. THAT IS HOW EVIL AND MONSTROUS AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE BECOME! American women truly are the most evil people on this earth.

    Another reason to never marry or have children with an American woman: 60 percent of child abuse/molestation in America is done by WOMEN to children, according to US Government statistics. Therefore, the majority of child abuse/molestation in America is done by WOMEN. Also, did you know that 1 out of 4 women in America take psychiatric drugs for mental disorders? Yes, AMERICAN WOMEN ARE INSANE! Oh, and just one more interesting fact- 70 percent of criminals in America were raised by single mothers. Single mothers produce future criminals. Criminals destroy society. Thus, feminism destroys society.

    When confronted with this evidence, American women will deny any responsibility for their own criminal actions and behaviors, and will attack the man who is presenting these facts and evidences. This is proof that American women are a bunch of liars, hypocrites, and criminals. They REFUSE to accept the FACT that they have destroyed tens of millions of men’s lives and ruined the lives of millions of children as well. It is because American women have become sociopathic man-haters. Far from being “equal” to men, American women can’t even take responsibility for their own actions, which is the trait of any normal adult. Thus, American women are just a bunch of spoiled little children. They are NOT equal to men. American women REFUSE to accept the truth of how evil and vile they have become. American women are living in their own pathetic little fantasy world, where they think they are a perfect little princess. Sorry, but you are NOT a perfect little princess. In fact, you American women are the most hideous, disgusting, monstrous creatures on the face of the earth.

    Remember, 90 percent of divorces are initiated by women, mostly against the will of their husbands. If you marry an American woman, there is a 90 percent chance that SHE will be the one that DIVORCES YOU, and will then proceed to financially destroy you in the divorce courts, demanding large payments of alimony and child support. Even worse, she will also kidnap your own children from you against your will and then deny you custody or even contact with your own children. That’s right, there is a very good chance that you won’t even be able to see your own children anymore, once your WIFE files the divorce. So marrying an American woman is not only extremely stupid, but very dangerous. If you want to get married, find a nice foreign girl from Asia, or South America, or Russia/Eastern Europe. DO NOT MARRY AN AMERICAN WOMAN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

    Another thing I noticed, is that whenever you bring up the topic of American men marrying asian women in front of an American woman, she will make some racist and hateful comment about asian women, calling them “slaves” or “mail order brides”. My question is this: If American women are so “independent”, “confident”, “strong”, and “empowered” like they claim to be, why do they feel threatened by Asian women? Why are American women so jealous towards Asian women? The real reason is this- Asian women are 1000 times superior to American women, and any American man who has dated/married an Asian woman will tell you this.

    Over 50 percent of American women are single, without a boyfriend or husband; so the fact is most American men no longer want to marry American women. Let these worthless American women grow old living alone with their 10 cats.

    NEVER MARRY AN AMERICAN WOMAN! BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN!

    Sincerely,
    John Rambo, Anti-feminist Soldier
    John.Rambo@crimesagainstfathers.com

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