" The celebration of International Women's Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to…
NEW DELHI(IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee extended his greetings to women today on the eve of International Women’s Day.
“The celebration is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the security and welfare of women,” Mr Mukherjee said in a statement.
He said that despite numerous legislation enacted to safeguard women, there is much to be done.
“Legislation alone cannot emancipate our women. There is a need for a fundamental re-setting of our mental and moral make-up as well as social conduct,” he said.
“Let us ensure that honour and respect is accorded to women at all times,” the president added.
International Women’s Day (IWD), also called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.
The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. There was no specific strike happening on March 8, despite later claims