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Women around the world have been raised above the confines and constraints imposed upon them by society. Throughout centuries, women have challenged and won against several patriarchal impositions and oppression.

Constantly breaking barriers and actively working towards gender parity, women have emerged victorious in the suffrage battle, have equal rights to education, and are political leaders, symbolizing power and strength. Despite these developments, formidable obstacles such as lack of access to equal opportunities, fewer women in political control, and the wage gap between men and women in the workplace are contemporary issues faced by women worldwide.

Throughout history, women’s central role in society has ensured the stability, progress, and long-term development of nations. Men, women, and children all over the globe observe women’s Day to celebrate and appreciate their mothers, sisters, daughters, and women around them.

When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day falls on 8th of March every year. The United Nations officially announced this global celebration in 1975, honoring women’s labor movements and strikes. However, the very first Women’s Day can be dated back to 28 February 1909 in New York, when women were protesting against the deplorable working conditions in factories.

What is the significance of International Women’s Day?

International women's day - protests for women's rights

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International Women’s Day is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • raise awareness about women’s equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • celebrate women’s achievements
  • fundraise for female focussed charities

From the mothers who stayed awake all night when we were sick as children, the sisters who always have our backs no matter what, wives who somehow manage to juggle both career and marriage perfectly, we all owe an enormous amount of gratitude to the women in our lives. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect, and value them.

What is the theme of International Women’s Day 2021?

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge.’ 

The campaign encourages women and men to challenge and call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping. Everyone should choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. 

Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. 

The collective aim is to create an inclusive and more gender-equal world. A challenging world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let’s all #ChooseToChallenge.