As everyone is aware, today is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD takes place annually on March 8th. Our North American audience might not be familiar with this day but it is widely observed in many countries around the world especially in socialist countries. It is especially a huge deal in China where women from all sectors get a day off, a lot of promotional events would be on online and offline shopping platforms targeting women, and women can get discounts going to many public arenas and participating in various entertainments. Men in China would buy flowers and gifts for their female family members and partners and may even take up all the housework for that day, which is traditionally considered as women’s tasks in that country.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in the early 1900s and has a socialist root, perhaps this is why that it is still a big deal in socialist countries like China. Although it was found to have been celebrated in Western and Northern European countries as well mainly as part of the movement to fight for gender equality and greater participation of women in the public sphere. However, it was also closely connected with the women’s suffrage movement that coincided with the beginning of its celebration. IWD was first adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and its observance became more well spread ever since.
As a women-owned establishment, Blara Organic House is composed of mostly women-employees therefore we think we can understand women. We know that, striving for equality and eliminating discrimination is a battle that is far from over. Blara, while striving to spread awareness about environmental protection, is also conscious about the struggles that certain groups of people face every day and we aim at making the world a better place for women and our future generations.