Womens Day, according to Wikipedia, which is probably neutral on South African Politics, the history behind this Annual National Holiday is:
National Womens Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994. In 2006, a re-enactment of the march was staged for its 50th anniversary, with many of the 1956 march veterans.
Internationally (Also quoting Wikipedia)
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. It was first celebrated on the 28th of February 1909 in the USA.
Politics aside, we will take a moment to review how we honour the women in our lives and in our business, who contribute so much to the well being of our society, but yet are still viewed by some as second class citizens or a type of commodity.
We commit to have the highest value for all our female colleagues, customers and suppliers at all times, although as men, we may fail sometimes in this.