International Women's Day around the world in 2021

International Women's Day around the world in 2021
  How long until International Women's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 333 days.
  Dates of International Women's Day around the world
2022 Various Mar 7, Mar 8
AngolaTue, Mar 8National Holiday (in lieu)
ArmeniaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
AzerbaijanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
BelarusTue, Mar 8National Holiday
Burkina FasoTue, Mar 8National Holiday
CambodiaTue, Mar 8National Holiday (additional day)
ChadTue, Mar 8National Holiday
ChinaTue, Mar 8Not A Public Holiday
EritreaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
GeorgiaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
GermanyTue, Mar 8Regional Holiday
Guinea-BissauTue, Mar 8National Holiday
Kazakhstan Mar 7, Mar 8
KazakhstanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, Mar 7National Holiday (bridge day)
KiribatiTue, Mar 8National Holiday
KyrgyzstanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
LaoTue, Mar 8National Holiday
MoldovaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
MongoliaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
NepalTue, Mar 8National Holiday
North KoreaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
RussiaTue, Mar 8National Holiday (in lieu)
Sierra LeoneTue, Mar 8National Holiday
TajikistanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
TurkmenistanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
UgandaTue, Mar 8National Holiday
UkraineTue, Mar 8National Holiday
UzbekistanTue, Mar 8National Holiday
ZambiaTue, Mar 8National Holiday (in lieu)
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
ChadMon, 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
CambodiaSun, Mar 8National Holiday
ChadMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
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
LaoMon, Mar 9National Holiday (in lieu)
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 (in lieu)
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
ChadFri, 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
  Summary
The UN has declared March 8th to be a day to celebrate, recognise and remember women
  Which countries observe International Women's Day in 2021?
  AngolaMar 8National Holiday
  ArmeniaMar 8National Holiday
  AzerbaijanMar 8National Holiday
  BelarusMar 8National Holiday
  Burkina FasoMar 8National Holiday
  CambodiaMar 8National Holiday
  ChadMar 8National Holiday
  ChinaMar 8Not A Public Holiday
  EritreaMar 8National Holiday
  GeorgiaMar 8National Holiday
  GermanyMar 8Regional Holiday
  Guinea-BissauMar 8National Holiday
  KazakhstanMar 8National Holiday
  KiribatiMar 8National Holiday
  KyrgyzstanMar 8National Holiday
  LaoMar 8National Holiday
  MoldovaMar 8National Holiday
  MongoliaMar 8National Holiday
  NepalMar 8National Holiday
  North KoreaMar 8National Holiday
  RussiaMar 8National Holiday
  Sierra LeoneMar 8National Holiday
  TajikistanMar 8National Holiday
  TurkmenistanMar 8National Holiday
  UgandaMar 8National Holiday
  UkraineMar 8National Holiday
  UzbekistanMar 8National Holiday
  ZambiaMar 8National Holiday

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:

  • 2020: An equal world is an enabled world..
  • 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"

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.

Other Women's Days

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

Gabon

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

Mozambique

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

Tunisia

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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