Ethiopian Airways celebrated International Women’s day in style. The airline marked the day by operating an all-women flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo. The flight operated by an all women crew touched down in Oslo Friday afternoon, and received a friendly reception from Diplomats and the Ethiopian community in Norway.
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International Women’s Day celebrates “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to its website.
BalanceforBetter is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, which is observed each year on March 8. The 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements, according to the International Women’s Day website. That includes reducing the global pay gap between men and women and making sure all are equal – and balanced – in activist movements, boardrooms and beyond.
International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 when an estimated 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding fair wages, labor standards and guaranteed voting rights, according to the International Women’s Day website.
The day was pioneered by socialist and voting rights activists, and by 1911, more than 1 million people celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
In 1975, the United Nations officially declared the year International Women’s Year and made March 8 International Women’s Day annually.
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