MNA Editorial Desk: The aim of International Women’s Day is to reflect on progress made, to call for changing and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
This year theme of the day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”
The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number.
International Women’s Day is being observed on March 8 worldwide to bring together, women’s organizations and charities to work for women empowerment.
The event is believed to have started in 1908 when about 15,000 women from the United States organized a march in New York City. These women asked for voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay through this rally.
However, the first International Women’s day was celebrated on 19th Match in 1911 and first women’s day was observed in Germany in 1914. In 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution and since then March 8th is celebrated as the International Women’s Day.
The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.
The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
Here are some goals of the International Women’s Day:
- The primary aim to celebrate women’s day is to ensure free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education with 4 effective learning outcomes till 2030.
- To terminate discrimination against all women and girls by 2030.
- To end violence against women and girls in all the sectors of society. This includes an end to trafficking and other types of exploitation.
- Bringing an end to practices like forced marriage and female genital mutilation.