Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first International Women’s Day events were held in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and attended by over one million people. 100 years on, International Women’s Day (IWD) has become a global phenomena celebrated in many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.
The Global IWD Women’s Arts Initiative celebrates the collective creative ability of women. 2011 sees 100 years since the first International Women’s Day was held so to mark this special Centenary the ‘100 Women, 100 Artworks‘ and ‘100 Women, 100 Stories‘ initiative was launched. All the artworks, which include paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages and stories were created by diverse women from around the world to inspire, challenge, entertain and provoke thought from a gender angle.
The impressive artworks celebrate the artistic grace of women. The stories are of celebration, hurt, triumph, shock, humor, anger, remembrance and question. Enjoy! Be inspired! Celebrate!