Goal 5: Gender Equality
Celebrating International Women’s Day around the world
From gifting flowers to offering time off, here’s how International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe.
By Jessica jurkschat
24 february 2021
In 1975, the UN marked 8th March as International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate women’s achievements and fight for gender equality and women’s rights. Now, it’s an official holiday in 27 countries around the world.
From gifting flowers and sweet treats to offering time off work, here’s how International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe.
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Argentina has recognised International Women’s Day since the early 1900s. Traditionally, women are given gifts and flowers as a token of appreciation. However, over recent years, women have used the day to fight for gender equality, social change, equal pay and reproductive rights.
Something to celebrate this year... in 2020, Argentina became the third South American country (alongside Uruguay and Guyana) to legalise abortion - a historic moment for women’s rights.
International Women’s Day has been an official holiday in China since 1949. Along with being given flowers and special gifts, women are also allowed a half-day off work so they can spend the afternoon celebrating.
Whilst the whole of Germany doesn’t recognise the day as a public holiday, Berlin’s parliament declared International Women’s Day, known as Frauentag, as a public holiday in 2019. This means that all workers in the German capital get the day off work to celebrate.