International Women's Day

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2024 Date8 March 2024
2025 Date8 March 2025

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International Women's Day History

International Women's Day (IWD) seeks to recognize women's contributions to society and advocating for gender equality. This annual day aims to promote awareness about women's rights, their role in society, and the persistent issues they face. Its focus ranges from political, social, economic to cultural aspects, acknowledging the need for ongoing progress. It is a celebration of the achievements of women worldwide and a call for action to accelerate gender parity.

Tracing its roots back to the early 1900s, International Women's Day was first observed in 1911. For India, this day holds a significant place. Despite strides in women's rights and participation in varied fields like politics, academia, and sports, the conversation around gender equality keeps intensifying. Issues such as domestic violence, female foeticide, and gender pay gap, among others, remain prevalent. The day helps bring these matters to center stage, facilitating discourse on means to resolve them, and mobilizing collective effort for women's upliftment.

In India, International Women's Day is observed with enthusiasm and dedication. Various activities, including seminars, debates, and awareness campaigns, are conducted in different parts of the country by NGOs, educational institutions, and corporate bodies. Individuals celebrate women's achievements in various fields and pay tribute to their relentless spirit. Messages and slogans promoting women's rights and equality are propagated through different media platforms. International Women's Day takes place on the 8th of March each year.

Facts about International Women's Day

  • The theme for International Women's Day in 2024 was Inspire Inclusion. In 2023 the theme was #BreakTheBias.
  • The United Nations Officially Adopted International Women's Day In 1975.
  • There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • In 1989, India elected its first and, so far, only female Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, making it one of the pioneering countries in promoting women in leadership. However, female representation in Indian politics still remains low.
  • India has laws that protect women's rights and promote gender equality, such as the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, the Maternity Benefit Act, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, among others; however, enforceability and awareness of these rights remain a significant challenge.

Top things to do in India for International Women's Day

  • Attend one of many popular Women’s day events including: WeCon Women's Empowerment Conference (Austin, TX), Women of the World Festival (UK), and The Empowerment Bridge (NYC).
  • If you’re a man, show appreciation by performing a chore for your special lady that is typically done by her. This may include cooking, cleaning, child care or anything that the special woman in your life does.
  • Watch the Stree Shakti Awards, hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The awards recognize women entrepreneurs and professionals who have made contributions in their fields.
  • Get involved in Women’s Health Camps. Health organizations host camps which provide free medical check-ups, consultations, and other services to promote women’s health and well-being.

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