International Women’s Day: What Is It All About?

International Women’s Day is recognized on the 8th of March every year and it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This day ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest while in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19 in 1911, supported by over one million people. The inaugural event, which included rallies and organized meetings, was a big success in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king promised to introduced votes for women in 1848. The promise gave hope for equality but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8 in 1913.

Usually this celebration has various women like business leaders, leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs and more speak at various events on the day. Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day campaign is #EachForEqual which seeks to draw attention to the idea that gender inequality isn’t a women’s issue, but an economic one – as gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

This year’s campaign draws attention to the difference individuals can make. We are all parts of a whole, our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

The message is collectively, we can make change happen and we can each help to create a gender equal world.

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