The International Women's day celebrated every year on Mar 8 first started as a socialist movement with political ramifications when it was first observed on Feb 28, 1909 in United States.
However, today the IWD has lost its political significance and has turned into a day when the men appreciate and tell the women in their lives, including mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, how important they are.
Countries across the world have planned special events to pay tribute to the women of the nation while the International Committee of the Red Cross is using the occasion of IWD to draw attention to the plight of displaced women.
India is celebrating the Women's day for the year 2010 with a landmark political event. The government is all set to table the Women's reservation bill in the upper house of the Parliament on Mar 8.
The bill provides for 33 per cent reservation for Women in the lower house of the parliament and state assemblies. This piece of legislation takes extra significance as the field of politics is male-dominated in India.
Irrespective of whether an appreciative gesture is big or small, celebrating IWD is
the world's way of telling thank you to the women who have contributed in some way or the other to the world.