Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Like other parts of the world, the International Women’s Day will be observed in Pakistan on Tuesday to highlight services of women for the society.

The theme of the day this year is ‘Pledge For Parity’.

Various political, social, cultural and educational organizations will organise functions to mark the day. Conferences, seminars, exhibitions, festivals and concerts will be held to highlight women’s economic, political and social rights and raise issues faced by women in society.

Radio Pakistan and PTV will present different programmes to highlight the role of women in the country.

It is a global celebration which aims to inspire women across the world.

While International Women’s Day is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots are in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights.

The first National Women’s Day was marked on 28 February 1909 in the United States after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.

During an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen the following year, Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested the idea of an International Women’s Day.

She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day. The idea was met with unanimous approval.