International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed annually all over the globe on March 8th. This day aims to celebrate the economic, cultural, political and social achievements of the women of the world. Raising awareness about the fight for gender parity is also among the main objectives of the day.
The IWD is not peculiar to a specific community, group, organization, country or party. It is embraced and celebrated by everyone, regardless of their political or religious background and International Women’s Day is a United Nations-sanctioned global holiday.
This year, as the Peaceful Actions Platform, our goal for the International Women’s Day is to conduct several series of events to help promote the aim and importance of this day, specifically in:
History of the Women’s Day
The first known Women’s Day observance was held in New York City on February 28, 1909, when the Socialist Party of America organized the ‘National Woman’s Day,’ at the suggestion of the activist Theresa Malkiel.
Later, in 1910, a German socialist Luise Zietz proposed to launch an annual Women’s Day in an International Socialist Women’s Conference that was organized in Denmark. The idea was backed by a communist leader Clara Zetkin and a socialist activist Käte Duncker. Delegates of the conference (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the suggestion aiming to promote equal rights, specifically the right to vote for women.
The first IWD was marked on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Several demonstrations were held that year and on, where women demanded their rights, including suffrage and protested against employment sex discrimination. This day was gradually adopted by several countries across the globe
1975 was declared as the International Women’s Year where the United Nations commenced celebrating International Women’s Day. In 1977, the member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
The campaign theme for IWD of 2020: #EachforEqual
Every year, the UN Women determines a specific theme for March 8. This year, the declared theme for International Women’s Day is, ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’.
People are invited to show their support for women’s rights and help foster peace through social media, under the hashtag #EachforEqual.