The Advancement of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day came about in the early 1900’s and March 8th was nominated to be the date that women were celebrated, annually. It is now largely acknowledged in many countries and is even an official holiday in around 24 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Cambodia and Zambia, and it’s growing!
Introduced to the UN in 1975, there were marches, protests and conferences. Each year there is a different theme; this year’s being “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. A theme focusing on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The advancement of IWD has certainly grown over the years and it is amazing to see how it is celebrated in various ways, globally. There are now workshops, exhibitions, festivals, award shows and even Snapchat filters. The level of celebrity “A-Listers” that have supported the movement over the years is also astounding, the voices of modern business, sporting, and media personalities and have most defiantly reached out to the younger generation who may not be as aware of women’s rights and equality.
To this day, there are still disadvantages that women face when it comes to gender pay gap, period poverty, FGM and forced marriage. These are just some of the ongoing concerns that are being faced. Depending on where you grew up, IWD is either highly marketed and celebrated or it is purposely ignored – yes, still in this day and age! It is not only our duty but also our aim to enlighten everyone on the importance of women’s rights, in the UK and abroad.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made, to call for further change and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role. But also, it reminds us that we shouldn’t just ascribe one day to recognise the real issues facing women in the world, but try to make every day a testament to our on-going and emphatic attempts to support all women internationally in obtaining true equality, achieving an end to any imbalance of pay between the genders, and better treatment to all women throughout the world. #BalanceForBetter
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