Updated: Mar 15
International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated every year on March 8th to honour women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in all aspects of society and to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle for gender equality.
The theme of IWD 2023 is "#EmbraceEquity.” The theme highlights the vision of a world where gender equality reigns supreme. A world without preconceived notions, biases, or unfair treatment based on gender. A diverse, fair, and inclusive world - where people from all walks of life are valued and appreciated.
The history of IWD dates back to the early 1900s, when women's suffrage was a hotly contested issue. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better pay, shorter working hours, and voting rights. The first National Women's Day was observed in the United States on February 28, 1909. In 1910, a Women's Conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, where over 100 women from 17 countries agreed to establish International Women's Day.
Since then, International Women's Day has become a global celebration of women's achievements and a call to action to address the ongoing challenges of gender inequality. It is a day to recognize the progress made and commit to furthering the cause of gender equality.
So, what can people do to get involved in International Women's Day?
Educate yourself: Take the time to learn about the history of women's rights and the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Read books, watch documentaries, and attend events highlighting women's achievements and challenges.
Support women-owned businesses: On International Women's Day, try to support women-owned businesses in your community. By doing so, you can help to promote economic empowerment and reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship.
Attend an event: Many organizations and communities host International Women's Day events to celebrate and raise awareness. Attend an event in your area or participate in a virtual event to show your support.
Donate to a women's organization: Many organizations work to support and empower women around the world. Consider donating to a women's organization to support their efforts.
Speak out: Use your voice to raise awareness about gender inequality and advocate for change. Whether through social media, speaking to your friends and family, or participating in a protest or rally, speaking out can help create change and promote equality.
In conclusion, International Women's Day is important to celebrate women's achievements and raise awareness of the ongoing struggle for gender equality. By educating ourselves, supporting women-owned businesses, attending events, donating to women's organizations, and speaking out, we can all play a part in creating a more equal and just world for women.
Learn more about International Women’s Day here.
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