International Women’s Day IWD 2023:- International Women’s Day “IWD” is also known as the International Working Women’s Day or United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace which is celebrated every year on the 8th of March all across the world in different regions of the countries in order to focus the achievements and contributions of the women in the society.
The celebration of this event varies from region to region. A celebration of it is generally meant to show respect, appreciation, and love for the whole woman fraternity. Since women are a major part of society and play a major role in economic, political, and social activities, international women’s day commemorates their achievements worldwide.
About International Womens Day (8 March)
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) dates back to the early 1900s, a time of rapid population growth and the rise of radical ideologies in the industrialized world.
International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.
Some organizations may adopt IWD themes that are more widely relevant than others, depending on their specific agenda or cause.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.
This International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
WHY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS CELEBRATED?
During the month of August 1910, the Socialist Second International met in Copenhagen to establish the annual celebration of International Women’s Day (organized by the International Women’s Conference).
The annual celebration of International Woman’s Day was finally founded by American socialists and German socialist Luise Zietz with their support. However, the meeting did not set a particular date. Women’s equal rights were promoted through the celebration of the event.
It was first celebrated on the 19th of March in 1911 by millions of people in Austria, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. A variety of programs was held like demonstrations, women’s parades, banners and etc.
There was also a demand by women to vote, hold public office, and remove sex discrimination in employment. This was celebrated as a National Women’s Day every February last Sunday.
It was first celebrated by Russian women in 1913 on the last Sunday of February. In 1975, the Australian Builders Labourers Federation organized a rally in Sydney on the last Sunday of February.
On the 8th of March, 1914, the first international women’s day celebration was held. From then on, it has been celebrated everywhere on this day.
The 1914 event celebration in Germany was specially held for women’s right to vote. During the 1917 year celebration, women of Saint Petersburg demanded “Bread and Peace”, at end of the World War I as well as the Russian food shortage.
Gradually, it started celebrating in various communist and socialist countries such as in China in 1922, in Spanish communists from 1936 and etc.
HOW INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS CELEBRATED?
International Women’s Day is a special event that is celebrated worldwide on the 8th of March by the people including women leaders from the business, political, community, educational institutions, inventors, TV personalities and etc.
The celebration involves seminars, women’s parades, conferences, banners, debates, presentations, speeches, competitive activities, luncheons, women’s issues, dinners, and breakfasts, as well as other activities promoting women’s rights.
It is celebrated to enhance worldwide awareness about women, their rights, contributions, the importance of education, career opportunities and etc.
The students of female teachers give them gifts, the parents of their children and the sisters of their brothers and fathers give their daughters gifts as well.
There are a wide variety of business, government, and non-government organizations as well as educational institutions closed on this day. Generally, people wear purple ribbons while celebrating this event.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION IN INDIA
The Indian people celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th with great zeal and passion to increase awareness of women’s rights.
This event celebration plays a great role in distributing the real message about women’s rights and their place in society. It promotes the living condition of women by solving their social issues.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THEMES
- The theme of the International Women’s Day celebration of 2009 was “Women and Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls”.
- The theme of the International Women’s Day celebration of 2010 was “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”.
- The theme of the International Women’s Day celebration of 2011 was “Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2012 was “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty, and Hunger”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2013 was “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence against Women”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2014 was “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2015 was “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” (by UN), “Rethinking Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and beyond” (by UNESCO), and “breaking through” (by Manchester City Council).
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2016 was“Make it Happen”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2017 was“Be Bold For Change”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2018 is “Press For Progress”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2021 is “Women in leadership”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2022 is “Break The Bias”.
- The theme of the International Womens Day celebration of 2023 is “EmbraceEquity”.
|March Social Events||Date of Celebration|
|National Safety Day||4th March|
|International Women’s Day||8th March|
|Dandi March Day||12th March|
|World Kidney Day||12th March|
|Ordnance Factories Day||18th March|
|International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination||21st March|
|World Forestry Day||21st March|
|World Water Day||22nd March|
|Martyrs Day||23rd March and 30th January|
|World Meteorological Day||23rd March|
|World TB Day||24th March|