The history behind International Women's Day

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International Women's Day is just a couple of days away, but before women everywhere put on their purple to show their support March 8, here are three things you should know about the its history and this year's theme #pressforprogress.

International Women's Day is this week and it's the most important one yet.

Take a Selfie visually showing your #PressForProgress Pose to create thunderclap to get IWD and #PressForProgress trending, and the social conversation started.

To encourage people to speak out against violence against women, the European Commission released today a video on the occasion of International Women's Day.

For women in North America, current experiences are perhaps better captured in the explanation on the UN Women website that IWD 2018 "comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women's rights, equality and justice".

In celebration of International Women's Day 2018 and with a view to continue our bid of transforming women's lives, the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs will host a variety of activities throughout the month of March.

There are set to be tons of IWD events going on across the United Kingdom - see what's going on near you below.

China Boosts Spending to Bolster Military Capabilities
According to a budget report to be submitted to national legislature on Monday, defense budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan. China's defense spending as a share of GDP and the budget also remains lower than that of other major nations, he said.

This situation brings up problemswith regard to equal pay for men and women.

Something has changed since this time a year ago. Later this spring, we'll finally see a statue of a woman - suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett - unveiled in Parliament Square. Women are not asking for more than men, they are not a threat to men in the job market and it is time for the proverbial "man's club" to close the doors and open the "equality club". On this day we express our love and gratitude to the women who make difference in our lives.

Meanwhile, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo would host an event in Accra to mark the International Women's Day under the Theme: "Press for Progress"; and it would be attended by some individuals, various women groups and some former first ladies. It's International Women's Day, let's thank all the women's in our lives - mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues. In the ten days leading up to Women's Day, Plan India and the Delegation of European Union, together with the embassies of Finland and the other EU member States have jointly promoted awareness of the issues around gender equality and the need for wage parity through their digital platforms to amplify engagement and reach out to a wider audience.

While men earned a median gross hourly salary of ₹231, women earned only ₹184.8.

In August 1910, it was proposed in the "women's office" of the Socialist Democratic party of Germany that every year, International Women's Day be observed.

"Our theme is No Woman Left Behind and even though we have moved on considerably since 100 years ago, there are still women left behind in terms of domestic violence and sexual abuse and migrant women". As we observe IWD, many hope that the trajectory of the rights of women and its vindication goes up and further.