March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), an official United Nations Holiday.
International Women's Day is observed differently in different parts of the world. In many areas it promotes a celebration of the courage and determination by women in our society both politically and socially who have played a role in history. It is a time to bring awareness to women's issues and the struggles worldwide. Other places celebrate it as a day to show love and appreciation, in a Mother's Day manner, to the women in their lives. However you observe International Women's Day, be sure to appreciate women of the past and present and their role in today's changing world.
The 2017 theme as defined by the UN is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". The idea is to bring momentum to goals for women in bringing gender equality, promote women's human rights and empower women.