Today is international women's day, a day that honours the economic, political and social achievements of women, and a day that is also, and this is less well known, the counterpart of the global men's day on the 18th of November.
Although the day was initially one of political significance, highlighting women's struggles worldwide in a hopeful way, the holiday has blended in the culture of many countries. In countries such as Algeria, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Italy, Israel, Laos or Mongolia, it is even an official day off. There, the day is observed by men giving the women in their lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, flowers and small gifts. In some countries, such as Romania or Russia, it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
In other countries, such as India, many events are held during the day celebrating the power of women in the modern era and how vital their role is in the society.
The global women's organization Aurora hosts a worldwide register of local events so that women and the media can find out and attend local activities.
We wish all women and their families a great day!
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