The Ukrainian media celebrates International Women’s Day.
By Ilya Khineyko
According to Aurora website the International Women’s Day (IWD) is “the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.” Similarly, the Status of Women Canada website describes the IWD as providing “an opportunity to celebrate the progress made to advance women’s rights and to assess the challenges that remain.” Ukraine, along with a number of ex-USSR republics and a few post-socialist countries such as Macedonia and Vietnam, celebrates the Women’s Day on a state level, as an official statutory holiday. In the USSR, the IWD was introduced in 1921 in commemoration of a female workers’ strike that allegedly sparked the February Revolution of 1917. It became a statutory holiday in 1966, and the celebrations would typically include hailing the achievements of Soviet women with newspapers featuring interviews with a female tractor driver or a dairy farm worker.