Each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated.
This day is a worldwide event that gives recognition and celebrates women’s political, cultural, social, and economic achievements all the while calling for gender equality. It is not associated with any single group instead; it brings together everyone from women’s organizations, corporations, charities, and the government.
It’s been over a century since the observance of International Women’s Day and it is hard to pinpoint exactly when it began. Some would say that when over 15,000 women marched on the streets of New York City demanding their voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay, that it all started there. And a year after on February 28th, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the U.S. as declared by the Socialist Party of America.
In 1910 Clara Zetkin suggested that the world celebrate women for a day every year to hear them out and to give them an opportunity to push their demands. Over a hundred women from 17 countries sided with her and International Women’s Day was established. The first celebration was on March 19, 1911. After 2 years, it was moved to March 8 and has been like that ever since.
The theme aims to send a message to millions of women, girls, and men; step up and take action to help drive gender equality.
“For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world— a more inclusive, gender equal world,” IWD website elaborated the theme
People marches in support to women’s right and this day is another opportunity to further fight for the change. Take bold actions; call out gender inequality to prevent gendered violence. Rejoice women’s successes and uphold women’s education and advancement in the workforce.
“The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.”
The world in is constant change and its implications affect women greatly. The unbalanced livelihoods and incomes, growing informality of labor, new fiscal trade policies and environmental impacts, these are just a few factors that should be addressed in the situation of women’s economic development.
There are many ways you can take part in International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange.
1. Pledge for parity.
Go to IWD’s website and make a pledge for women and girls’ ambitions, a call for gender equality leadership and to create flexible culture.
2. Join the events
There is a long list of events happening around the world in countries and towns. Webinar and talks for NY, TEDx talk and pop-up gallery in Washington, march and rally in LA, and the list goes on. Visit the website and see the events in your city.
3. Host your own event
IWD encourages people to host an event. Check out the website on how to host an event.
Participate in this campaign by spending your money on business establishments that support women’s equality.