International Women’s Day in Kazakstan is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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Although the UN International Day of Women is celebrated by people all over the world, it generally has more emphasis in former USSR republics like Kazakhstan than in the Western World. All the former states of the USSR observe the holiday, which occurs every 8 March.
Interestingly, though, the holiday began in the USA, at the turn of the 20th Century. It soon spread from there into the USSR, where it was associated with the struggle of women in favour of the establishment of the Soviet system after World War I. After the breakup of the USSR, the day continued to be celebrated, but today, it has lost its former political associations.
Women get a day off work every Women’s Day, and for that matter, so do men! Speeches, media programs, special cultural events, commemorative parades, and more are put on. And the overall effect is to put the spotlight on women and their value, rights, and contributions to the national greatness.