International Women’s Day rights and gender equality
International Women’s Day
Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. Women’s rights and gender equality are taking center stage. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change. International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace
1 When is International Women’s Day?
Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe and is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.
This year, International Women’s Day occurs on a Sunday and will be celebrated with the special 2020 theme, #EachforEqual. But before you start celebrating all the influential female figures in your own life, take a look back at the fascinating history behind this special day — including why International Women’s Day is celebrated, when the holiday was first established, and how exactly you can join in on the celebration this year.
Source – goodhousekeeping
2 What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. The day, collectively founded by women, also brings attention to gender parity and women’s rights.
Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares women and men through their income, education, and work hours, among other points. This sociological metric helps researchers understand how society is progressing or regressing in specific areas. It’s also an important tool for policymakers striving towards gender equality.
Of course, the global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection of how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. With over a century of history, IWD is a growing movement centered around unity and strength.
Source – goodhousekeeping
3 How to celebrate International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is held on March 8th every year. It’s a day when we celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women – while also campaigning for greater progress towards gender equality.
Women’s Day is a national holiday in many countries, including Russia where the sales of flowers double during the three or four days around 8 March.
In China, many women are given a half-day off work on 8 March, as advised by the State Council, although many employers don’t always pass the half-day on to their female employees.
In Italy, or La Festa Della Donna is celebrated by the giving of mimosa blossom. The origin of this tradition is unclear but it is believed to have started in Rome after World War Two.
In the US, the month of March is Women’s History Month. A presidential proclamation issued every year honors the achievements of American women.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated since the early 1900s. Although we’ve made great progress since then, the problem of gender inequality still persists around the world.
The UN estimates that globally women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, for work of equal value. Despite comprising over half the population, women occupy less than 23% of parliamentary seats globally. And in many countries, women still suffer disproportionately from poverty, lack of education, and lack of access to health-care.
Women are also severely underrepresented at senior management and leadership levels. Only 4.2% of Fortune 500 companies had a female CEO in 2016; a number that’s declining instead of improving.
Happy International Women’s Day
The ‘International Women’s Strike’ is an international day of action planned for March 8th, 2017. Women in over 30 countries around the world are organizing events in connection with the strike.
Specifically, the strike encourages women to march for:
An end to gender violence, both domestic and institutional.
Reproductive justice, body autonomy and freedom of choice for all women.
Labour rights and equal pay for equal work.
Environmental justice, and recognition of its links with social inequality.
Ending racism, mass incarceration, and police brutality.
Get in touch with your local organizers if you’d like to be involved, or plan your own event.
Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or a female friend… Why not celebrate IWD by making them feel special?
Send flowers, write a card, give a small gift, or take them out to a movie. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman; we can all show our gratitude and love for the women around us.
If you want to help a worthy cause at the same time, these unique gift cards from Oxfam help to provide a safe refuge for women fleeing from violence.
4 Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th?
International Women’s Day has a rich history dating back 108 years — the first glimpse of it was in 1909 when the Socialist Party of America celebrated 15,000 women who protested long work hours, low pay, and the lack of voting rights in New York City.
Originally called National Woman’s Day, the monumental annual celebration spread across the world (officially celebrated in 1911), but it was Russia who unknowingly set the March 8 trend. Although International Women’s Day became an official holiday in Russia in 1913, women still experienced difficulties caused by WWI. While men were off at war, women dealt with food shortages and a government that wouldn’t listen to them.
On March 8, 1917 (February 23 in the former Russian calendar), tens of thousands of Russian women took to the streets demanding change.
Source – goodhousekeeping
5 What is the theme for International Women’s Day 2020?
In 1975, the United Nations officially recognized Women’s Day, and, in 1996, began to adopt an annual theme for every year.
“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women’s achievements,” states the organization’s site. “Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world. Let’s all be #EachforEqual.”
The IWD 2020 campaign theme draws on the notion of “collective individualism,” which refers to the idea that every individual is a part of a whole, and that an individual’s actions, behaviors, and mindsets can all have an impact on the larger society.
Women’s Day is an official holiday in at least 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Russia, and Vietnam. In many of these countries, tradition holds that men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, and colleagues with flowers and small presents. In other nations, the day is much like the holiday of Mother’s Day, in which children give gifts to their mothers and grandmothers. other countries, however, like Nepal and China, IWD is a holiday only for women.
As for the United States, Women’s Day isn’t recognized as an official holiday, although it’s been proposed. This doesn’t stop the flurry of lively celebrations from taking place across the U.S., though, as numerous political rallies, business conferences, and government and corporate events happen all across the country to honor the special day and bring together women of all different backgrounds and cultures.
Source – goodhousekeeping