International Women's Day in Berlin in 2024

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2024 Fri, Mar 8Regional Holiday
2023 Wed, Mar 8Regional Holiday
2022 Tue, Mar 8Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, Mar 8Regional Holiday
2020 Sun, Mar 8Regional Holiday

In 2019, Berlin became the first federal state to observe Women's Day as a public holiday

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Tag der Frau
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International Women's Day internationally

When is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th.

27 countries (mainly former Soviet republics) have adopted International Women's Day as a national holiday, and it is widely observed in several others.

For most of the countries who observe this holiday, if it falls on a weekend, it will be moved to the following Monday. If it falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, several countries will bridge the holiday to the weekend by declaring an additional public holiday on the Monday or Friday - though often this is compensated for by making a Saturday a working day.

In China since 2014, women are entitled to a half-day holiday for Women's Day. In Madagascar and Nepal, the day is also an official women-only holiday.

History of International Women's Day

International Women's Day was first established at the 1910 International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen. German women's rights activist and Marxist theorist Clara Zetkin was the one who tabled the idea.

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark celebrated the holiday for the first time on March 19th 1911, with the Soviet Union the first to make it a public holiday in 1917. The date of 8th March was adopted internationally in 1921.

In 1977, the United Nations declared 8th March as International Women's Day, a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognize and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society. Each year has a theme:

  • 2023: EmbraceEquity
    Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.

  • 2022: #BreakTheBias.
  • 2021: Choose To Challenge
  • 2020: An equal world is an enabled world..
  • 2019: #BalanceforBetter;  a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
  • 2018: #PressforProgress

Full list of International Women's Day Themes

It is often said that the date chosen for International Women's Day marks a mass protest that took place in New York on March 8th 1857, when women from sewing and shoe factories demonstrated for the same rights as men. Men had recently won a 10-hour workday, but women had been overlooked in the legislation and left on a 16-hour workday. As as a result, 8th March became a traditional day for regular demonstrations in the US and Europe.

However, recent reports have cast doubt on whether this event ever took place, with newspapers of the time not reporting any such march. Nevertheless, the protests are the reason that the United States celebrates National Women's History Month in March.

Given how the holiday began in Russia, a more plausible source for the date is 1917 when Russian women marched to protest for 'Bread and Peace' on the last Sunday in February (which was March 8th in the Gregorian calendar in use in the rest of Europe). This march contributed to the Czar abdicating four days later and the new government granted women the right to vote. It would be three years later before women in the US had the same rights.

What are the colours of International Women’s Day?

The official colours of International Women’s Day are purple, green and white. These originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK back in 1908, according to the International Women's Day website. "Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept,” it states.

International Women's Day Quiz

Test your knowledge of International Women's Day and the inspiring women who have shaped history. Discover new facts about the incredible achievements of women around the world. From trailblazing aviators to pioneering performers, this quiz is sure to inspire and educate. So grab a cup of coffee and take a break from your day with our International Women's Day quiz!

Other Women's Days

The following countries observe a Woman's Day as a public holiday, but don't follow the March 8th date:


On April 17th, this holiday marks the appointment of the first female to the Government in Gabon.


On April 7th, Mozambique marks the anniversary of Josina Machel's death in 1971. Josina was a key figure in the struggle for the emancipation of African women.

South Africa

The holiday commemorates the national march of women on August 9th 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the pass


This day commemorates the promulgation of a series of women's rights that were established within the Code of Personal Status on August 13th 1956. 

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Women's Day in Berlin

In January 2019, Berlin's parliament approved a bill to make International Women's Day, observed annually on 8th March, a public holiday. 

The city-state's legislature voted 87 to 60 in favor of the measure. Berlin is the first of Germany's 16 federal states and the first jurisdiction in the European Union to make this day a holiday.

Women's Day is now one of 10 public holidays on the calendar in the German capital. Berlin had the fewest number of public holidays of any German state in 2018.

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