Italy takes part in International Women’s Day, La Festa della Donna when women of all ages celebrate this special day dedicated to them with celebratory dinners or just get together with other female friends and are often presented with bunches of bright yellow Mimosa, the recognised symbol of the day here.
International Women’s Day is recognised and celebrated in many countries around the world and the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Although originally a Socialist political event, the day grew in the culture of many countries, primarily in Eastern Europe. In many regions, the day has lost its political flavour, and become simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
This year March 8th marks the centenary of one of the events that is thought to have been the birth of International Womens Day. When in March 1911 more than one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
Last year we were in China for La Festa della Donna but the previous year soon after we moved to here one of our neighbours presented me with a beautiful bunch of Mimosa in celebration. We have many Mimosa trees in the locality and this is a picture I took a few weeks ago when they were coming into bloom. normally a mass of bright yellow flowers by March 8th they have been held back a little this year due to the cold weather we have been experiencing.
This year’s UN theme for International Women’s Day 2011 is: “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”
So this year on Festa della Donna International Women’s Day, let us give thanks to all those women who came before us and helped to grant us the freedom we all have in modern society.
Women are powerful these days and can help to to effect change and make a difference in other women’s lives around the world where they do not have the same freedoms that we enjoy.
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