Catholic leaders send greetings to Polish women
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s Roman Catholic Church leaders on Thursday sent greetings to Polish women as the country marked Women's Day.
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"On behalf of the Polish Bishops' Conference and my own, I would like to convey our best wishes to all women,” Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said.
He added that Women's Day, celebrated on March 8 every year, is a “special day” and that “the Blessed Virgin Mary, a woman, plays a special role in the Church.”
International Women's Day is celebrated in dozens of countries worldwide on March 8. The celebration grew out of the labour movement and was made international in 1910 in Copenhagen by the Socialists as an expression of respect for women’s fight for equality, better pay and the right to vote.
In Poland, the day was especially popular during the communist period when it was marked in most workplaces and schools. After communism collapsed in 1989, the event lost its popularity, and central celebrations were eventually abolished in 1993.
Today March 8 in Poland usually sees demonstrations by feminists, combined with events calling for equal treatment of the sexes. Meanwhile, many Polish men give women flowers and gifts on the day.