Extraordinary Ordinary Women

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 when thousands  of events occur all over the world in celebration of  the achievements of women.

The first International Women’s Day (IWD) was in March 1911. It had its origins in America a few years earlier where women had come together to protest against poor working conditions, resulting in a National Women’s Day being declared by the Socialist Party of America. Subsequently at an International Conference for Working Women in Copenhagen, attended by delegates from 17 countries, and including the first 3 women elected to the Finnish Parliament, a proposal to have a special day each year to focus on women’s issues was met with unanimous approval. International Women’s Day has evolved into a global day of celebration of the achievements of women, socially, politically, and economically. Women’s rights campaigners highlight inequalities and raise money for Charity and  Celebrities the world over associate themselves with the day.


Inspiring Change

The United Nations  recognized International Women’s Day in 1975 and for the past 19  years it has designated a global theme for the day. Their  theme for 2014 is ‘Inspiring Change’.

The need for change has been very much highlighted by the publication this week of a European Union wide report on violence against women. This report, reveals the startling statistic that one in 3 women across  28 member states of the EU  has experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15.

It is interesting to note that the United Nations has returned to the need to stop violence against women as a theme for International Women’s Day time and again as can be seen below.

Year       Theme

1999       World free of violence against women

2007      Ending impunity for violence against women and girls

2009      Women and men united to end violence against women and girls

2013       Time for action to end violence against women.

Some groups, countries and organizations select their own theme for IWD. It is not surprising therefore to find that the EU has adopted as its theme ”Preventing Violence Against Women – a Challenge for all”  for IWD in 2014. This is their Poster .

On International Women’s Day  we rightly celebrate our ”celebrity women” who have made a difference to the lives of many, but we must not forget the ordinary women such as the 1 in 3 who suffer abuse who are the most extraordinary of all.

womendayHappy Women’s Day to all my readers!

Further reading/references:

E U Report 2014

The Guardian Report


Filed under Healthy Living, International Women's Day, Ireland, Social Change

13 responses to “Extraordinary Ordinary Women

  1. Thank you for the reminder! Happy Women`s Day!

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  3. I’m a titch cranky that my workplace chose to get donations by hosting a baking do… Just a bit stereotypical, no? I offered up my skills at IKEA assembling or motorcycle maintenance, but that didn’t fly… Still, it is a good idea. Best thing I saw today was a woman in India who has over 60 girl children who were dumped by their parents for not being boys.

  4. Reblogged this on SOCIAL BRIDGE and commented:
    A Silver Voice from Ireland is hugely encouraging and inspirational as a fellow-blogger and I would like to say a huge thank you to her as I reblog this great post on International Women’s Day.

  5. Did you know Ireland is the 6th best place for a woman to live? That’s according to the World Economic Forum http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24650912

    • Hi Roy – It depends on the metric…it’s all well and good being ranked 6th in terms of access to education,and healthcare and to political careers, but one in 3 women suffering abuse of one form or another is a disgraceful statistic, not just in Ireland but across the 28 countries of the EU. Thanks for dropping by !

  6. Thanks for sharing the history of International Women’s Day.. . and the moving figures that you used to illustrate this post are fun!

  7. Hey, I’m not breaking the rules liking this post, am I? A man liking this post? It shouldn’t be … My wife is a woman. And I’ve worked with many women over the last 17 – 18 years in the counseling field … Many of them were severely abused by men … There are many brilliant, wise, good-hearted women who have made the world a better place, and who have made men better men … I love this post. So, I had to comment. Okay? Peace, T

    • Apologies for the delay in responding! You are MOST WELCOME to comment on any post on my blog. The cause for women’s equality is already lost if men do not agree and stand with us, as there is no point in only half the population feeling strongly about it ! So we NEED men to be with us and to join in the annual International Women’s Day celebrations. We have come a long way – we have a road yet to follow! Thanks for dropping by!

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