International Women’s Day, also known as IWD for short, grew out of the labor movement to become an annual event recognized by the United Nations.
The seeds were planted in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day.
It was Clara Zetkin, a communist activist and advocate for women’s rights, who suggested the creation of an international day. She put her idea to an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910 – and the 100 women there, from 17 countries, agreed to it unanimously.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011, so this year we’re technically celebrating the 111th.
Things were made official in 1975 when the United Nations started celebrating the day.
And on March 8, 2022, this date has become the day in which women take to the streets of Mexico and the rest of the world to raise their voices.
Among their demands to commemorate International Women’s Day are an end to gender-based violence, justice in the face of femicides, and asking for equity in working, educational and social conditions.
For this reason, feminist collectives make calls through social networks for women to go out and protest the adverse conditions they suffer from patriarchy. In recent years, songs, performances, and other creations have left their mark on humanity, which is already reflecting on the life circumstances of females.
International Women’s Day has become relevant in Mexico, due to the climate of gender violence and femicide. Murders of women in 2021 totaled 1,004, up from 978 the year before.
The feminist collectives have repudiated the lack of action of the different levels of government to prevent this phenomenon that has been painful for Mexico.
In addition, the members of these organizations use their convening power to make visible the inequality and discrimination that women still experience in our country, as well as make their rights effective, including the need to eliminate the wage gap between men and women.
Therefore, intense participation of feminist groups is expected in a massive march that will take place in Mexico City today.
On March 8, many women will take to the streets to raise their voices in all corners of the country.
State of Mexico | There will be a contingent that will join the CDMX march. The meeting point will be the Monument to the Revolution at 2:00 p.m. Chiapas | 4:00 p.m. | Departure point: UNACH Campus Uno, in front of Plaza Jardines. Jalisco | 3:00 p.m. | Starting point: From the Glorieta de las y los Desaparecidos until reaching the "Antimonumenta", located in the so-called "Plaza Imelda Virgen", on the Paseo Alcalde at the height of the Plaza de Armas, in the downtown area of Guadalajara. Warrior | 4:00 p.m. | Starting point: Monument to the Flags in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero. Queretaro | 4:00 p.m. | Starting point: Plaza Constitución, in the capital. Morelia | 5:00 p.m. | Starting point: Monument to Lázaro Cárdenas. Oaxaca | 3:00 p.m. | Starting point: El Llano Park, Patrocinio Church. Guanajuato | 4:30 p.m. | Starting point: Teatro Juárez. Veracruz | 5:00 p.m. | Starting point: Plaza Dorada - Plaza de los Valores, Veracruz. Quintana Roo | 4:00 p.m. | Starting point: Museum of Mayan Culture. Zacatecas | 2:00 p.m. | Starting point: On the esplanade of the Engineering Academic Unit of the UAZ, to leave for the Plaza de Armas. Durango | 5:00 p.m. | Starting point: The meeting is at Calvary Library.