International Women's Day around the world in 2020

International Women's Day around the world in 2020
  How long until International Women's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 173 days.
  Dates of International Women's Day around the world
2021 Various Mar 8
AngolaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
ArmeniaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
BelarusMon, Mar 8National Holiday
Burkina FasoMon, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
ChinaMon, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
EritreaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
GermanyMon, Mar 8Regional Holiday
Guinea-BissauMon, Mar 8National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
KiribatiMon, Mar 8National Holiday
KyrgyzstanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
LaoMon, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
MongoliaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
NepalMon, Mar 8National Holiday
North KoreaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
RussiaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
Sierra LeoneMon, Mar 8National Holiday
TajikistanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
UkraineMon, Mar 8National Holiday
UzbekistanMon, Mar 8National Holiday
ZambiaMon, Mar 8National Holiday
2020 Various Mar 8, Mar 9
AngolaMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
ArmeniaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
BelarusSun, Mar 8National Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaMon, Mar 9National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
EritreaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
GermanySun, Mar 8Regional Holiday
Guinea-BissauSun, Mar 8National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
KiribatiMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Kyrgyzstan Mar 8, Mar 9
KyrgyzstanMon, Mar 9National Holiday
KyrgyzstanSun, Mar 8National Holiday
Lao Mar 8, Mar 9
LaoMon, Mar 9National Holiday (additional day)
LaoSun, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
MongoliaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
NepalSun, Mar 8National Holiday
North KoreaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
RussiaMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Sierra Leone Mar 8, Mar 9
Sierra LeoneMon, Mar 9National Holiday (additional day)
Sierra LeoneSun, Mar 8National Holiday
Tajikistan Mar 8, Mar 9
TajikistanMon, Mar 9National Holiday (additional day)
TajikistanSun, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanSun, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
UkraineMon, Mar 9National Holiday
UzbekistanSun, Mar 8National Holiday
ZambiaMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Various Mar 8
AngolaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
ArmeniaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
BelarusFri, Mar 8National Holiday
Burkina FasoFri, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
ChinaFri, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
EritreaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
GermanyFri, Mar 8Regional Holiday
Guinea-BissauFri, Mar 8National Holiday
KazakhstanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
KiribatiFri, Mar 8National Holiday
KyrgyzstanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
LaoFri, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
MongoliaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
NepalFri, Mar 8National Holiday
North KoreaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
RussiaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
Sierra LeoneFri, Mar 8National Holiday
TajikistanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
UkraineFri, Mar 8National Holiday
UzbekistanFri, Mar 8National Holiday
ZambiaFri, Mar 8National Holiday
2018 Various Mar 8, Mar 9
AngolaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Armenia Mar 8, Mar 9
ArmeniaFri, Mar 9National Holiday
ArmeniaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Belarus Mar 8, Mar 9
BelarusFri, Mar 9National Holiday
BelarusThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Burkina FasoThu, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
ChinaThu, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Guinea-BissauThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Kazakhstan Mar 8, Mar 9
KazakhstanFri, Mar 9National Holiday (bridge day)
KazakhstanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
KyrgyzstanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
LaoThu, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
MongoliaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
NepalThu, Mar 8National Holiday
North KoreaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Russia Mar 8, Mar 9
RussiaFri, Mar 9National Holiday (bridge day)
RussiaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Sierra LeoneThu, Mar 8National Holiday
TajikistanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Ukraine Mar 8, Mar 9
UkraineFri, Mar 9National Holiday
UkraineThu, Mar 8National Holiday
UzbekistanThu, Mar 8National Holiday
Zambia Mar 8, Mar 9
ZambiaFri, Mar 9National Holiday (bridge day)
ZambiaThu, Mar 8National Holiday
2017 Various Mar 8
AngolaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
ArmeniaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanWed, Mar 8National Holiday
BelarusWed, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
ChinaWed, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
KazakhstanWed, Mar 8National Holiday
LaoWed, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
RussiaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanWed, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
UkraineWed, Mar 8National Holiday
UzbekistanWed, Mar 8National Holiday
ZambiaWed, Mar 8National Holiday
  Summary
The UN has declared 8 March to be a day to celebrate, recognise and remember women
  Which countries observe International Women's Day in 2020?
Angola  AngolaMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Armenia  ArmeniaMar 8National Holiday
Azerbaijan  AzerbaijanMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Belarus  BelarusMar 8National Holiday
Burkina Faso  Burkina FasoMar 8National Holiday
China  ChinaMar 8Not A Public Holiday
Eritrea  EritreaMar 8National Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaMar 8National Holiday
Germany  GermanyMar 8Regional Holiday
Guinea-Bissau  Guinea-BissauMar 8National Holiday
Kazakhstan  KazakhstanMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Kiribati  KiribatiMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Kyrgyzstan  KyrgyzstanMar 8, Mar 9National Holiday
Lao  LaoMar 8National Holiday
Moldova  MoldovaMar 8National Holiday
Mongolia  MongoliaMar 8National Holiday
Nepal  NepalMar 8National Holiday
North Korea  North KoreaMar 8National Holiday
Russia  RussiaMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
Sierra Leone  Sierra LeoneMar 8National Holiday
Tajikistan  TajikistanMar 8National Holiday
Turkmenistan  TurkmenistanMar 8National Holiday
Uganda  UgandaMar 8National Holiday
Ukraine  UkraineMar 9National Holiday
Uzbekistan  UzbekistanMar 8National Holiday
Zambia  ZambiaMar 9National Holiday (in lieu)

When is International Women's Day?

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

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 19 March 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:

  • 2019: #BalanceforBetter;  a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
  • 2018: #PressforProgress
  • 2017: "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030"
  • 2016: "Pledge for Parity"

It is often said that the date chosen for International Women's Day marks a mass protest that took place in New York on 8 March 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.

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 8 March 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.

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