International Women's Day
International Womens day originally called International Working Womens Day is marked on the 8th March every year.
Originally started as a Socialist political event in primarily Eastern Europe,Russia and the former Soviet bloc,the day has now lost its political flavour with different regions focusing the days celebrations on respect,appreciation and love towards women, too a celebration of womens economic,political and social achievements.
Dignitaries gather for special day
The Women's Commission yesterday celebrated International Women's Day with a gathering of dignitaries from around the world, including Saudi Arabia's Princess Loulwah al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz.
Commission chairwoman Sophia Kao Ching-chi hosted a reception at the Hong Kong Central Library attended by Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai on her first day as Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food. Equal Opportunities Commission head Raymond Tang Yee-bong also attended, along with a number of non-governmental and consular representatives.
Ms Kao said the commission would focus its work for the next five years on creating an 'enabling environment for women, greater participation by women in the community, family friendly employment policies and practices'. It will collaborate with women's and community groups.