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28th February 1909 is an iconic day in Women’s history as it marks a unique protest. New York City saw protests against working conditions in garment factories. Soon after Socialists in Copenhagen supported the idea of advancing women’s suffrage.
This got a unanimous approval at a special conference of over 100 women from 17 countries.
Since then, International Women’s Day addresses significant issues around the world. In 1913-14, it stood against World War 1 and rallied for peace. Around this time, 8th of March officially became Women’s Day. United Nations recognized this date in 1975.
In 1995, 189 governments signed ‘The Beijing Declaration’ which focused on critical areas of concern for women. It envisioned the following things:
- Women could live in societies free from violence and discrimination
- They could choose to get proper education
- Got the right to vote & participate in politics
- They were recognized for achievements regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions
Do We Still Need Women’s Day?
Today, words like Feminism are misinterpreted and every topic undergoes great scrutiny. A day like this is essential so we can acknowledge major uprisings in the past and drive the vision for a better future.
Interesting Facts To Remember
- The gender pay gap won’t close until 2086 according to the World Economic Forum
- 1 in 3 women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime
- 830 women around the world die from preventable pregnancy related causes each day
- Only 1 in 4 parliamentarians in the world are women
- An estimated 120 million women under the age of 20 have faced sexual abuse worldwide. Most such cases go unreported
Some Prominent Issues That Plague The World Even In 2018
- Domestic violence
- Inclusion in property
- Female foeticide
- Gender mutilation
Digital activism has played a noteworthy role in rising a voice against abuse. #Metoo, #EverydaySexism #TimesUp #WomenShould #YesAllWomen have been ladders for women to climb up the trajectory.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is ‘Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives’. It echoes to the need to empower women in all spheres of life. It also celebrates activists who have been working beyond bounds to claim women’s rights. Looking back at time, we’ve come this far but the time to achieve more is now!