International Women’s Day
On March 8 today, the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. This day is marked to admire and respect all the women and their achievements irrespective of the differences in the divisions, whether national, cultural, ethnic, economic, linguistic, or political. Women have always proved their worth by outstanding in every field and bringing joy and pride. They have emerged leaders in the political and economic domain and have excelled in other fields like sports, entertainment, and many more. But do we know why is this day celebrated and how it started? To know everything about this, keep reading below.
History of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day began from a workers’ movement. For the first time, it emerged at the start of the 20th century in North America and across Europe, when in 1908, around 15000 women marched in New York demanding a reduction in the working hours at the job. With this, they also demanded a better salary and the right to vote.
After a year, the Socialist Party of America announced the first National Women’s Day at the Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen. In a Conference, comprising 100 women from 17 countries, it was proposed to celebrate Women’s Day in every country on February 28. In 1913, the date to celebrate it was changed to March 8, and till today it continues to be celebrated on March 8 every year.
Over the years, many new changes are brought to enhance the importance and the meaning of this day. In 2015, the countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. In these 17 SDGs, Goal 5 is -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, emphasizing the meaning of Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day 2021 Theme
Every year International Women’s Day is celebrated with a theme. The theme for this year is # ChooseToChallenge. The theme aims to celebrate women’s achievements and spread awareness about the importance of choice. It highlights the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. And celebrates the immense efforts by girls and women worldwide in influencing an equal future and recovery from the pandemic.
Significance of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is commemorated by celebrating all facets of a woman’s life. From being a housewife to working as a professional outside home, the day aims to celebrate everything a woman does for her family and society.
The day is also important to make people aware of women’s rights, safety, and gender equality. To celebrate this, there are colours for this day– purple, green, and white. Purple indicates justice and dignity, green symbolizes hope, and white represents purity.
So let’s celebrate all the brave and beautiful women all over the world, today and always!
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