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Women have triumphed in the fight for the right to vote, have equal access to education, and hold positions of leadership in politics, representing strength and power. Beside these advancements, women continue to confront significant barriers, including the inability to access equal opportunities, the lack of female political influence, and the wage disparity in the workplace.

The theme of International Women’s Day has evolved over the years, and today it is a day to celebrate the achievements of women and to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. The day is marked by rallies, marches, conferences, and other events that highlight the struggles and successes of women in all areas of life. Read further to know more about this year’s International Women’s Day.

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?

The origins and current relevance of International Women’s Day in the struggle for women’s rights are what give the holiday its historical significance. The first celebration of International Women’s Day took place in 1908 when 15,000 women protested in New York City’s streets for the right to cast their votes, increased salaries, and reduced working hours. In 1909, the United States celebrated the inaugural National Woman’s Day, which eventually gained popularity in other nations.

International Women’s Day has developed into a forum for women to speak out and promote change over the years. It has been used to draw attention to problems like gender-based violence, pay disparities, lack of access to healthcare and education, and underrepresentation of women in politics and leadership positions.

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The development of women’s rights all over the world is one of the most noteworthy accomplishments of International Women’s Day. In many nations, women have gained the right to vote, and legislation protecting them from harassment and discrimination at work has been established. With more girls attending school and receiving life-saving medical care than ever before, women have also made great advancements in education and healthcare.

Notwithstanding these developments, there is still considerable work to be done. Poverty, violence, and prejudice based on gender, color, ethnicity, and sexual orientation are just a few of the substantial obstacles that women currently face on the road to equality. Women continue to be underrepresented in political and economic decision-making in so many parts of the world, and their perspectives are frequently neglected in talks concerning laws that have an impact on their lives.

The commemoration of International Women’s Day serves to raise awareness of the need for continual activity and advocacy on behalf of women. It is a call to action for all people and organizations to join forces to build a society where women are respected, given the opportunity to succeed, and given the power to realize their full potential. By observing International Women’s Day, we can keep bringing attention to the problems that women face and spur forward constructive change for future generations.

What is the theme of International Women’s Day 2024?

The theme of International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment. 

The purpose of this theme is to examine the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls around the world. It acknowledges the significant difficulties for women to achieve equal participation in the economy. This year’s IWD will center on providing equitable opportunities for women and girls to grow into their full potential and fortify their ability to lead, learn, and earn.

But, there are other themes present as well. The International Women’s Day website has selected the subject #InspireInclusion as the campaign theme. This campaign aims to collectively forge a more inclusive world for women to encourage a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.

What is the color of International Women’s Day 2024?

Purple, a color that denotes justice and dignity, is the designated hue for International Women’s Day. The Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK selected the hue in 1908, and it has since come to represent feminism and women’s rights. Several nations also celebrate the day with the colors yellow and green, which stand for growth and hope.

 

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