Why we celebrate International Women’s Day

 

Bill and Melinda Gates

By Melinda Gates, Special to CNN

updated 8:25 AM EST, Fri March 8, 2013

CNN Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This piece was published in collaboration with the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, a platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.

(CNN) — The calendar is overflowing with occasions to mark. It seems like there’s a special day for almost everything.

For example, September 19 is celebrated by some as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But the surplus of observances shouldn’t detract from the really important ones, like Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, but it was international only in the technical sense that women in four European nations marched. These activists were ahead of their time in thinking about women’s economic and political equality; they may not have been so far ahead of their time that they envisioned what it has come to mean for many of us today.

Now, International Women’s Day represents a movement that is for every woman and girl, no matter where they live. This year, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee in history by risking her life for the cause of universal girls’ education.

Her courage has inspired women across the world. Some of the bravest, most revolutionary voices about empowerment are coming from women and girls like Malala who are calling the world’s attention to social norms that prevent women from realizing their full potential.

I just spent some time visiting the poorest parts of Northern India, where I met a courageous woman named Sharmila Devi. Because the government has invested in its basic health system, she received a visit from a trained health worker who told her that spacing her pregnancies was safer for herself and her children.

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  1. Women are generally prone to superstition but if women had strong faith she will steadfast in rejecting every suggestion the savoured of superstition.
    Women’s inner beauty if it polished with the right teaching of religion and gentle guidance can make them able to create genuine sympathy and to embrace humanity gracefully in them. Their eagerness and anxious will grows, every time they see someone in pain. They also can speak personally with great courage and aplomb even to governor-General or higher ranking, about a matter that agitated their inner beauty heart.
    They has ability in create heaven on earth.
    World no peace, could it be one of the factor because of men as guardianover the women lack of responsibility as spiritual leader towards them?

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