International Women’s Day 2021
International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual day celebrated on 8 March across the World. IWD is now celebrated by countries to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women; raise awareness about women’s equality. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and to fundraise for female-focused charities.
This year the campaign theme is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’. It is to celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain. Alongside this, a social media campaign will be held to encourage women to #ChooseToChallenge and to call out gender bias and inequality.
The UN will be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, with an official commemoration event called ‘Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum’. The virtual event will gather leaders, youth voices and celebrities from across the world to discuss this year’s theme.
History of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. The four United Nations women’s conferences commemorated a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic areas. The conferences marked a shift in the global agenda to gender equality, dealing with issues of poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights and the girl-child. It was initially called the International Working Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by the Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.