International Women’s Day traces its origins back to a protest by women garment workers in New York (circa 1908) against poor working conditions. At its core, International Women’s Day was about the right to work – and the right to work in fair conditions, be properly compensated for labor, and legally organized in open forums.
2013 International Women’s Day
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women,” while International Women’s Day 2013 has declared the year’s theme as The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.
On 2013 International Women’s Day, the [International Committee of the Red Cross](ICRC) is drawing attention to the plight of women in prison. All over the world, women and girls living behind bars often face particular hardship in terms of protection, privacy and access to basic services, including health care.[wikipedia]