International Women’s Day 2012

March 8, 2012

Life and Spirit

Today is the 101st International Women’s Day and Google have joined in the recognition of the day with a colorful Google Doodle.

On Google’s search homepage, the overlapping-letter logo has the universal female symbol in place of the ”G”; the second “O” has sprouted a marigold-yellow flower; and the usually blue characters are now tinted purple. Both the violet shades and the female Venus symbol visually echo the Women’s Day logo itself. Have a look at it in this video:

Today and for the rest of the month there are thousands of events worldwide, from Dubai to NYC, all in honour of women’s causes and achievements politically, economically and culturally.

Different groups have chosen different themes for the day with The U.N. choosing the overall theme as “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty”; the European Parliament has voted for the slogan ”Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value”; and the hub website International Women’s Day has picked “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.

Barack Obama is among the many world leaders set to observe the day as will Ban Ki Moon Secretary General of the UN and many celebrities throughout the world.

Last year Daniel Craig took part in this Women’s Day Campaign video:

The first National Women’s Day started as a political day backed by the Socialist Party of America, it was observed in the United States in 1909. Two years later, International Women’s Day was marked in numerous European countries, as more than a million people reportedly attended rallies for women’s rights.

In many countries, particularly in eastern Europe, the day has also morphed into a day in which men celebrate the women in their lives, sort of like a mix of Mothers Day and Valentines Day. Fathers and Husbands buy their daughters and wives cards, flowers and chocolate.

There are key events around the world even in the Middle-East, flights to Dubai are often full of woman worried about what they should do, wear and say whilst visiting the UAE, but life is not all that different for the women of Dubai, see this video:

The Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, has launched a ten-day campaign to honour women in the UAE and throughout the Middle East.

Other big events are the many Join woMEn on the Bridge marches around the world. Today women will be marching across Millennium Bridge in London, The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco and many more across the globe.

What are you doing to mark this special day? Let us know in the comments below

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