International Women’s Day

BATD ON Mar 05, 2010 AT 2:26 pm

Women's Day

This Monday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Celebrated annually since 1911, this festival is “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.”

The holiday was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, but has become extremely popular in the recent years. Part of an entire Women’s History Month in the US, the day is even a national holiday in some countries. Here in the UK we have yet to fully embrace the significance of the day as much as they have in the US. Come on ladies, Emily P chained herself to the railings this side of the Atlantic!

The theme of the event this year is “equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all,” as the event tried to move away from a negative connotation. Because of the increasingly equal state of women’s affairs compared to those of men, in recent years IWD has shifted from “a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.”

If you are interested in taking part in one of the many events across the UK, visit to see what is happening in your area. In London, the main event will begin at 10am at Victoria Embankment Gardens, and will involve a walk across the Millennium Bridge and a women’s festival.

AVON Empowerment Ring

Also, if you’d like to physically show your support, the Avon Empowerment Ring will be available from 8th March and all proceeds will go to Women’s Aid, working to end domestic violence against women and children, Refuge UK, the national charity for women and children suffering from domestic violence, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

The Empowerment Rings are £3 each and can be bought directly from Avon Representatives or online at

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