International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.
IWD is not a country, group or organization specific celebration, it belongs to all groups collectively, globally.
Gloria Steinem, a world-renowned feminist and activist once explained: “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.”
So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
Over the years, we have seen a significant change and attitudinal shift in society’s thoughts about women’s equality and freedom. With more women in the corporate boardrooms, greater equality in legislative rights, and ever-increasing visibility of women as role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women are on the verge of gaining true equality. Having said that, the unfortunate fact is that women are still not remunerated equally to that of their male counterparts, women still do not have equal representation in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health, and violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, progress has been made. We have female astronauts, scientists and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements. IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, China (for women only), Cuba, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Zambia. The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues with flowers and small gifts.
So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make every day International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future of every girl is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
Happy International Women’s Day 2019