International Women’ Day is celebrated on March 8 across the globe. And marks the journey of women who have ensured bette lives for themselves. The day comes as an annual reminder. While we have achieved a lot in terms of women empowerment, the journey still remains a long way ahead.
This day is celebrated to observe women’s success and part in cultural, political, social and economic development. It is also acknowledged to make people aware of women’s rights and gender equality.
History and significance of Interenational Women’s Day
The annual day for women might come out as a feminist cause but the day has its roots in the labour movement. For the first time, 20th century Marxist from Germany Clara Zetkin organised the day in 1911.
Born in 1857 in Germany’s Wiederau, Zetkin was trained as a teacher. She was also associated with the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Today, this is one of the most political parties in the country. Zetkin was also a part of labour movement as well as the women’s movement.
In the SPD, Zetkin was closely associated with the far-left thinker and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. In 1910, Zetkin proposed at a conference that Women’s Day be celebrated in every country on February 28.
The conference comprised 100 women from 17 countries, with unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs and female legislators unanimously approving the suggestion. Women’s Day was observed for the first time in 1911.
Two years later, in 1913, the date was changed to March 8, and it continues to be celebrated as such every year.
International Women’s Day Logo
The logo of IWD is a looping, arrowed circle with the Venus (female) gender symbol. It is used by organisations that like to align themselves with the movement.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. It indicates that a “challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change”.
This year, we can also pledge to challenge everything or anything that becomes a barrier in our journey of success.