Today, on this 8th March 2011, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day. This special day is a yearly commemoration and a major day of global celebration of women.
This year's theme is "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women".
On this day, the World Organization of the Scout Movement would like to thank all women voluntarily engaged in supporting Scouting worldwide.
Scouting's mission is the education of young people (both girls and boys) through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law. Equal access to this non-formal education has always been a priority for our Movement.
In 1922 already, our Founder Robert Baden-Powell, was promoting equal access to education and training of boys and girls, as one can understand in these extracts of a speech he made at the 3rd International Congress on Moral Education: "Women today are sharers with the men in the work of the world. On them more than on the men, depend the healthiness both of body and mind of the future generation. The effective education of women is therefore at least of equal value with that of the men. They must be in the training too."
The International Women's Day was established one year after the first International women's conference was held in Copenhagen in 1910. No specific date had initially been chosen, but over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland gathered the following year on March 19th, 1911 to mark the day.
Since then, it has been annually celebrated and in 1975, during the International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8th March as the International Women's day.
Celebrate International Women's Day by taking part in one of the many events taking place all over the world. Find out where they are taking place in your country by visiting internationalwomensday.com