March 02, 2020

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It all started with a big dream of a little girl.
We are honoring women every day, but once a year, on March 8th, we celebrate the International women's day, with a walk down the memory lane. We observe important dates that changed our history.

IWD was accepted in 1900 and occurred in 1911 when the first gathering happened.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist, once explained: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

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So what is International Women's Day?
International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day is all about solidarity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. It has been occurring for over a century - and continues's to grow from strength to strength. Celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975, General Assembly then adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, to be observed on any day of the year by the Member States, following their historical and national traditions.

From 1996 the UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme starting with "Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future." This theme was followed in 1997 with "Women at the Peace Table," and in 1998 with "Women and Human Rights," and in 1999 with "World Free of Violence Against Women," and so on each year until the current. More recent themes have included, for example, "Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger" and "A Promise is a Promise - Time for Action to End Violence Against Women."

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By the new millennium, International Women's Day activity around the world had stalled in many countries. The world had moved on, feminism wasn't a popular topic, battles had not been won, and gender parity had still not been achieved.

But then Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month," calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history. The then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges". In the United Kingdom, celebrity activist Annie Lennox lead a superb march across one of London's iconic bridges raising awareness in support for global charity Women for Women International.

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In 2019 Flower and Spice launched the W2W campaign.
A platform made to support mindfulness among women. We build a community with no expectations, rich with the stories of women, who succeeded not to lose themselves in the growth process but accomplished to get stronger with each fall, not for others, but themselves.

And for what its worth, during the campaign, a part of the profit from the products sold will be used for loans.
We joined with a platform Kiva.org that empowers women from third world countries to start their business. We give them initial funds, and when they get on their feet and return the funds, we will increase the value and make further loans.

Our philosophy is simple; Do your part locally and ensure that the future for girls globally is bright, equal, safe, and worthwhile.

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