Berliners get day off for Women's Day

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

Berlin is the only state in the country to recognise Frauentag (Women's Day) as a public holiday, but older Berliners may remember that eastern districts used to hold official festivities every year until 1990.

In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women's Day on March 19.

International Women's Day (IWD) is observed globally including Pakistan on Friday to honor achievements of women in various fields of life and renewed commitment to empower them, ARY News reported.

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According to the United Nations, International Women's Day started in America in 1909, when the Socialist Party of America took to the streets to honor garment workers who had protested against inhumane working conditions the year before. It was only in 1977, when March 8 was proclaimed as the International Women's Day. Women demanded the right to vote, right to work, vocational training and the end of discrimination in the workplace. We have to make sure that social professions are valued.

Women in the Philippines raised issue with President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged misogyny, as well as his government's war on drugs, which has led to the killing of many women and human rights violations.

She says the Alliance also intends to highlight the treatment of women in jail and asylum centres, campaigning under the slogan "United we get what we want". Organizers reportedly plan to protest against poverty and unpaid labor that often falls upon women.

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