This year, Germany made the day a public holiday while protests were organised in Madrid and Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron also handing out the first-ever "Simone Veil prize" to honour actions to advance women's rights across the world.
IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Thousands of women and men have gathered in cities across the world to mark International Women's Day on 8 March. Formally, Women's Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1977, before which it was mostly celebrated in socialist and communist countries.
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The March 8 Commission drafted a 29-page document ahead of the strike, describing an ultimate goal of "subverting the world order and the pervading hetero-patriarchal, racist and neoliberal rhetoric", according to El Pais. "We need to ensure that women cannot only be active in leadership positions, but in every profession". It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. We have to make sure that social professions are valued.
That is because the Soviet satellite state of East Germany included Women's Day in its long list of sanctioned celebrations, which meant big parades in East Berlin - the Communist country's capital. Organizers reportedly plan to protest against poverty and unpaid labor that often falls upon women.