AWC Going Dutch March 2020


The American Women's Club of The Hague's monthly magazine

International Women’s Day

by Mary Adams

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated

globally on March 8 every year in

honor of women’s contributions to society.

The day also commemorates the inspiring role

of women around the world to secure women’s

rights and build more equitable societies.

The first National Woman’s Day was celebrated

in 1909 in America to honor the women

who protested against working conditions in

the garment industry by organizing a workers’

strike in 1908. Over the next 66 years, different

countries honored women’s social efforts, but

it wasn’t a global event until 1975 when the

United Nations made March 8 the official date.

Today, IWD belongs to all women. It is not

organization, group or country specific.

My first celebration of IWD was at the biennial

FAWCO meeting in Bern in 2013. We

started the morning with an inspirational address

from Betty E. King, US Ambassador

to the UN in Geneva. Ambassador King then

joined us in standing on the bridge over the

Aare River in support of Women for Women

International’s Join Me on the Bridge campaign.

This global act of solidarity was created

to bring awareness to violence against

women in war-torn countries. When I stood

on the bridge, I really felt connected to the

women in the club as well as women standing

on bridges all over the world. In that

moment, we were united and strong, bridging

the geographical gap with pure feminine


In 2020, the IWD theme is An Equal World

is an Enabled World - #EachforEqual. The

IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from

a notion of collective individualism. We

are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions,

conversations, behaviors and mindsets

can have an impact on our larger society.

Collectively, women can make change

happen. Collectively, we can each help to

create a gender equal world. So put out your

arms and strike the #EachforEqual POSE to

motivate others and to make International

Women’s Day YOUR day. Do what you can

to truly make a positive difference for women

everywhere; not just on March 8, but every


A women’s march is scheduled in Amsterdam

on Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. If

you would like to “strike a pose” for equality

and march with AWC The Hague, please

check eNews and our Facebook Group for

more information.


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