Annually held on March 8, the International Women’s Day celebrates and bring attention to women’s achievements throughout history, being social, political, economic, and cultural issues, and advocate for advance in all those areas related to women’s rights, through events held worldwide. Those events are a way of teaching, bringing knowledge and sharing the importance of women in our society, their influence and issues as well. This is not a commercial day, but rather a day to discuss what is to be a woman in forever society. Bring attention to serious issues, such as any type of violence as well as their achievements. Usually, there’s a year theme, and we’ll go over later them on this article.
The very first time it was celebrated was back in 1911. It was a huge success, including marches, rallies and other demonstrations. In 1975, it was the year the UN Drew global attention to women’s concern and it was declared International Women’s Year. It’s an ongoing fight aiming the elimination of discrimination against women in all walks of life. Back in the day, the working conditions were even poorer for women, in New York City there was a fire who killed 146, mostly young immigrant women, called the Triangle Sirthwaist Factory Fire. Due to this incident, many changes were made in working conditions, and up to this day, the memory of those killed in the fire is recalled on this date. So, it’s right to say that Women’s Rights are connected to the Women’s Day.
Beyond the working conditions matter, women have always been known to gather in rallies or such against war, in expressing solidarity to causes, but that year of 1975 was the year to reflect on progress and a call for a change in women’s rights, to gain full and equal participation in development worldwide.
In 2011, it was celebrated the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day, taking upon the world with its many celebrations around. In many countries today this is celebrated as a day off or as an important calendar day.
Symbols and Colors
The logo and its color are in purple and white with the Venus, as this is the female symbol. There will be also faces of women in the background from different nations and ages, not necessarily famous women. And the atmosphere is of messages, slogans, information in all sorts of media promoting this very day, being it a day of protest or a day of celebrating womanhood. And if you see the initials IWD, know this is related to the International Women’s Day.
A bit of History in there
In 1917, it’s reported that the women demonstration was part of became the Russian Revolution, demanding the end of WWI and czarism. Who would have thought that Women’s Day would trigger the revolution! In China, although already celebrated before, it was made an official holiday in 1949. In Spain, the women’s march in 1036 led to the Spanish Civil War.
Now, as mentioned above, each year there was a theme to the IWD. We’ll go over some of them briefly:
• IWD 2010 – Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities
• IWD 2011 – Equal Access To Education, Training And Science And Technology: Pathway To Decent Work For Women
• IWD 2012 – Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
• IWD 2013 – A Promise Is A Promise: Time For Action To End Violence Against Women
• IWD 2014 – Equality for Women is Progress for All (Check this Beyoncé video celebrating Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speech)
• IWD 2015 – Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity
• IWD 2016 – Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
• IWD 2017 – Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
• IWD 2018 – Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives
• IWD 2019 – Better the Balance, Better the World #balanceforbetter
And what are Women’s Rights
Basically, they are the fundamental human rights for every human being, just as the UN declared and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Included are: live free from violence, slavery and discrimination; to be educated’ to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. In other words, they are exactly the same rights as human rights, and women are entitled to them, all of them. Yet, in so many places, this is not the actual true, and therefore this day not only celebrates women achievements, but also women fight for better rights, or for the same human rights. It’s more than a gender fight.
Hope you enjoyed this article. A bit of history and culture is also part of being beauty and having an amazing lifestyle. We are what we build, inside out. Someone’s look is the expression of one’s inner self. Remember that, cherish yourself, and thrive!
Happy International Women’s Day