International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. This tradition started in 1910 when the Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The International Women's Day was marked for the first time on 19 March 1911 in several countries. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March in 1975 and in December 1977 the UN the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) celebrate the International Women's Day annually on the 08th March. This is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.