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Idun for the International Women’s Day

March 8, 2013

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When harsh winter winds change to gentle breezes Idun, the one who rejuvenates returns. She grows the magic apples of immortality, which other gods eat to stay young. But one day Loki, the god of mischief, got her snatched. Without Idun all gods and goddesses soon began to grow old and gray, so Loki promised to find her. He managed to bring Idun back home by turning her into a nut. This is the story of the Norse goddess of spring.

Today we mark the International Women’s Day, which was proclaimed in Idun’s homeland in 1910. Preceding the Second International, a Women’s Conference was organized in Copenhagen, where two German Socialists proposed the establishment of an annual International Woman’s Day. At that time, no date was specified however, women delegates from 17 countries agreed with this day to promote equal rights, including suffrage. The following year over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland gathered to observe The International Women’s Day for the first time, albeit not on March 8, but tem days later. They protested against discrimination and requested the right to vote and to hold public office. And that is how it all started.

In 1977 the United Nations invited all its members to proclaim March 8 as the Day for women’s rights and world peace. Given the current state of both, women’s rights and world peace, March 8 manifestation should not get out of fashion any time soon.

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From → Hic Salta

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  1. Rob permalink

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