International Woman's Day is a special day that is celebrated on the March 8th every year. It is a day to remember what women have achieved and also a show of respect and love towards women. Some countries and cultures celebrate this day in a similar way to Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, a time to show love and appreciation to the women in our lives. Other countries use this day as a chance to bring awareness to the social struggles and difficulties women face worldwide.
Women's Day poster
For many countries, including Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, today is a national holiday. People in many countries give flowers to women they admire or respect, such as their mothers or wives. In 2012 the UN (United Nations) theme for Women's Day is to end poverty and hunger.
Does your society or culture celebrate International Women's Day?
Is there a special meaning to Women's Day in your country?
Will you do anything special today for Women's Day?
Are there any women that inspire you or that you have great respect for? Who?
achieved - to have done something successfully
appreciation - to give thanks to someone for something they have done
social struggles - problems people face in society
national - relating to the whole country
theme - the subject or topic of something
poverty - being very poor
Thanks Ika! I would like to see the costume people wear on Kartini's Day. Is it a traditional costume? I will try and read more about Kartini. Mother's Day in England this year will be on March 18th.
two special day - days - don't forget to add an s for plural nouns
our hero of emancipation woman - our hero who fought for the emancipation of women
doing daily housework that do commonly our mother - doing the daily housework that our mother would usually do
bucket of flowers - we say basket of flowers or bunch of flowers
she was one of woman who can give inspiration to many woman's - she was one of the women who gave inspiration to many women
You write English very well. I hope to see more of your writing on our forums!
In Vietnam we have two days for women, beside International woman'day we also have Vietnamese woman's day which celebrated on October 20th annually. In these days, flowers and many presents are sold every where on the street, it is really like Valentine day.
Like many countries in the world, Woman day is an occasion to show love and appriciation to women. In addition, this day is also a factor against male-supremacy mentality in Vietnam. Nowaday, Vietnamese women's rights seem equal to men's. ^^
Yesterday I sold flowers for a volunteer club. I found that selling flowers is really hard for me. At first I didn't know how to invite someone to buy flowers. When I invited others to buy flowers and they refused, I didn't invite again because I was afraid that I annoy them. ^^ Therefore until 10pm I didn't sell any flowers while other members in club sold many.... ?.?
There are two women that imspire me. The first one is my mother. She gave birth to me and gives me many valuable lessons in life. She feeds me, encourages me and always lend an ear to me when the troubles come to me. If one day, everyone turns away from me, she never does that. The second one is my friend, she is dynamic and friendly, she behaves very well on everyone. She often participates in social activities. When I look at her eyes, I see in that a zealous fire. She is really good girl.
Thanks Blue. Thank you for sharing information about this day in your country! What kind of flowers did you try and sell? Was the volunteer club a kind of charity? Selling can be quite difficult. You must be brave and talk to lots of people!
It's very nice that you are inspired by your mother.
Lend an ear - I like this idiom! Lend an ear means to listen to someone.
Great writing again Blue!
I sold roses and coin flowers (I don't know its name in England however its name in Vietnam means coin flower).
Yes, that is a kind of charity. The name of club is Viet footsprin, every month the club holds a program to collect recycled things to create a fund and use the money to help the poors and orphans. And every month the club also has an activity such us cooking lunch for the poors, visit the visually impaired people,... On some special days, they also hold selling flowers for the fund. It was the first time I take part in this activity, I'm not a member in this club, I just a volunteer.
Thank you again for correcting my mistakes. ^^
Thanks for your question. I'm not an official member in this club however I know some good activities of it. It has just established for 1,5 months and their main activities are cooking lunch for the poors, supporting for disable children. ^^
I'm sorry, it has established for 1,5 years. ^^
Thank you Ika. Very interesting reading. I can see why she is an inspiration to women in Indonesia. It's amazing that her letters continued to help promote equality even after she died. Have you read this book?
In my country there are many different events for the Woman's Day. Politicians are very activ this days is good for her party... I think it is good that woman fights for their rights. In my country woman are lower paid than men in the same job. If you have a familiy and you decide to spend more time with your family it is dificult to get a got job. Most of the woman work low paid some time it isn't enough to survive. Often they life alone with their children because they are divorced. Woman are doing a lot of very important jobs with out payment , for example elderly care... I appreciate their work. Mother Theresa is one of the most impressive Woman...
I find it incredible that women are still paid less for doing jobs. Sometimes progress is not as fast as it should be. The work of nurses and carers, traditionally jobs for women, are often not appreciated and underpaid.
Mother Theresa was an incredible woman. She spent nearly her whole life helping the poor.
Oh! Gertraud! What a great unjust! I didn't know that such circumstances still exist...