International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.
IWD is now an official holiday in 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. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. Click here to find out more ~ International Women’s Day.
Girl Scouts of Utah held its annual International Women’s Day celebration, raising $75,000, at The Complex on March 7. In the past few years, the event has seen a dramatic increase in style and community awareness, thanks to increased sponsorship and production design from Events by LMG. Army veteran and 2012 Utah Congressional candidate, Donna McAleer was given the first-ever Tough Cookie Award, which honors exceptional women role models in the community. Upon entering, guests were served champagne from an evening gown custom-made to hold glasses. The program featured inspiring speeches from high-ranking women in the community, along with Girl Scout speaker Kelly Lopez. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction with more than 100 items, live music from Daniel Day Trio, dinner with a Girl Scout cookie dessert and cocktails.
Here are some highlights from the celebration!