International Women´s Day

Damenwappen-VetterToday is the International Women’s Day. On this day women all over the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year’s motto is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. The theme refers to the fact that the majority of  work which is free of charge (like the household or the child and elderly care) is still performed by women.

In a speech Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the president of UN-Women, remarked hat the share of women in the digital economics only comes to 25%. She also claims to tirelessly continue the fight against the discrimination of women due to their sexual orientation, handicap, age and race.  By today women still earn 23% less than their male colleagues on average. For african women in the US this difference is even moren than 40%. In the EU 37% more women live in poverty than men. Read the whole article here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/2/statement-ed-phumzile-iwd-2017#sthash.UFk1TNf7.dpuf.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

In several countries the International Women’s Day is very popular. In Russia March, 8th is a national holiday. When March 8th is a saturday or sunday, the upcoming monday is a holiday. On this day women are pampered by their husbands and children. In China women don’t have to work in the afternoon on this day. In Italy, women get yellow mimoses. This is a sympbol for the female restistance fighters during the fascist control.Damenwappen Kate Middleton

This year we would like to introduce some female coat of arms. These are different from the traditional coat of arms, because they have another shield. The most common shield has a peaked oval shape or a hash shape. Also, a women’s coat of arms has no helmet. The explanation why is very easy: Women usually didn´t go to war.

When bearing a women´s coat of arms, you’re in a good company. Kate Middleton beared one, too before she was married to Prince William.

We wish a happy international Women’s Day to every woman in the world. Let yourself be pampered!

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