International Women’s Day is a holiday which has been celebrated since the early 1900s. The day, March 8th, serves as a day of awareness and appreciation for women’s rights and equality. Originally called the International Conference of Working Women, the day calls for equality, especially in the workplace, concerning wages and other career-focused interests.
In Rwanda especially, where the ratio of women to men is one of the highest in the world, International Women’s Day is an important celebration. Although MHEP and the RVCP don’t specifically hold an International Women’s Day event, our maternal health education courses and our microfinance program educate and empower women to be responsible for their own choices, both physically and financially.
For more information, make sure to take a look at: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp
Also, for a more general, more succinct view of what an empowered woman looks like, take a look at this video: