International Womens Day 2023: Importance, Significance and theme of Womens day this year
Every year International Women's Day on March 8, this day is celebrated for the remarkable journey that women have taken all around the world to improve their quality of life. It serves as a reminder that, while much has been accomplished, the journey ahead remains long, and much more awaits.
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Celebrating women's achievements around the world, raising awareness about gender equality, pressing the international community to hasten gender parity, and organizing fundraisers for female-focused charities are all on the Women's Day agenda.
The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about 'Why equal opportunities aren't enough'."
While "Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities," the IWD website said, "Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome."
International Women's day has been recognized since the early 1900s, an age of immense development and upheaval in the industrialized world marked by explosive population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
Women's persecution and injustice prompted them to become increasingly vocal and involved in change campaigns. Then, in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City, demanding shorter working hours, more pay, and the right to vote.
National Women's Day was commemorated for the first time on February 28th across the United States. Until 1913, Valentine's Day was observed on the last Sunday in February.
International Women's Day was first observed in 1977, according to the United Nations. The day was formed out of the efforts of labour movements in North America and Europe around the turn of the twentieth century.
This day is significant because it is a day when the world celebrates women's accomplishments, makes people aware of gender equality, and promotes gender parity, as well as fundraisers for various female-focused charities.